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NE Militant Arrested At IGI

NEW DELHI, Apr 4: The Special Cell of Delhi Police has arrested a suspected member of a banned insurgent group of Manipur with 200 kg of ephedrine, a banned drug, worth Rs 20 lakh, at the IGI Airport on Saturday. The accused is identified as Napoleon, said sources.

“We had received information that two Manipur-based ‘criminals’ disguised as courier agents are carrying huge consignments of drugs. After we zeroed in on him we found that he was carrying 20 courier packets. When we opened the packets, we recovered 200 kg of ephedrine. During interrogation he disclosed that the drug was meant to be sold in north India, and the proceeds were to be used to fund the operations of the banned outfit,” said a source.

Napoleon, in his mid-30s, reportedly works for banned outfits like the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL). He has not disclosed anything about his accomplice, David, so far, said a source.

The arrest has also raised concerns over security measures at the IGI Airport, as Napoleon used to reportedly smuggle drugs hidden in courier parcels via air.

Officials said this was the biggest seizure of ephedrine this year. The drug is also used to make ecstasy, a tablet usually used in rave parties, said an officer. This is a new trend in which northeast-based militant organizations are found smuggling drugs to fund their operations, the officer added. “Usually, northeast-based outfits extort money from politicians, government officials and businessmen to run their outfit. Now, they are into smuggling of drugs from across the border,” said the officer.

Militants from northeast are often found hiding in the capital. In August last year, the Special Cell had arrested four members of the banned insurgent group, PREPAK (People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak), which is fighting for an independent homeland in Manipur. In December last year, two members of Manipur-based Kangleipak Communist Party (Military Council) were arrested in the city.

Napoleon, in his 30s, reportedly works for banned outfits like the Kangleipak Communist Party and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup. He has not disclosed anything about his accomplice, David, so far, said a cop.

(Courtesy: Neeraj Chauhan, TNN)

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