Three held with smack worth Rs 2 cr at Maha Kumbh

Three drug peddlers were arrested with 2kg smack worth Rs 2 crore while trying to smuggle where millions of pilgrims, tourists and ascetics are camping for Maha Kumbh congregation, police said.

Updated: Jan 21, 2013, 23:44 PM IST

Allahabad: Three drug peddlers have been arrested in the city with two kg smack worth about Rs 2 crore which they were trying to smuggle inside the makeshift city of tents where millions of pilgrims, tourists and ascetics are camping for the Maha Kumbh congregation, police said on Monday.
Islam, Vikas Sonkar and Angad was arrested from Shivkuti police station area of the city late last night at a check-post erected on the road leading to the Kumbh Mela area, a police spokesman said.

Accompanied by another accomplice, Sachin, who fled leaving his motorcycle, the trio was carrying the smack in small packets which they had brought from Barabanki district near Lucknow, the spokesman said.

They planned to sell the contraband at the Maha Kumbh attended by a large number of foreigners.

Four motorcycles, including the one left behind by Sachin, have been seized from the arrested persons who have been booked under the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and Narcotics Act even as a search was on for their absconding accomplice, the police spokesman added.

The Maha Kumbh and the Ardh Kumbh held here every 12 and 6 years respectively, witness a spurt in smuggling of narcotics which is believed to be in great demand among foreigners who attend the congregation in search of spiritual ecstasy.

Besides, presence of large number of ascetics addicted to smoking the chillum leads to a massive demand for illegally transported cannabis, truckloads of which have been seized in the city in the recent past.