Officials identified the accused as a seasoned carrier, actively supplying ganja to peddlers in the State
In yet another instance pointing to the influx of drugs through the rail route, a special railway police squad seized 22.5 kg of ganja estimated to cost Rs. 50 lakh from an Orissa native onboard the Shalimar – Thiruvananthapuram Express.
The accused was identified as Anil Kumar Patra (37), a native of Birhampur in Ganjam district of Orissa. Officials zeroed in on the accused, a seasoned carrier, as part of an investigation into a Visakhapattanam based drug racket.
According to officials, the racket is suspected to be actively supplying ganja to peddlers in State, especially Kochi, through middlemen. The special squad was formed after the drug peddlers were found using the train mode to smuggle in the banned substances in large quantity from outside the State. “The accused boarded the train from Salem and since had been under surveillance. A five-member squad was camping in Salem, Tirupur section for the last two weeks as part of probe into the racket,” said S Jayakrishnan, Circle Inspector, Government Railway Police, Ernakulam. The accused was taken into custody while offloading the consignment at the Ernakulam South station.