5 security personnel held with over Rs 5cr contraband in UP

Ghazipur: Five security personnel deployed in the duty of a local opium factory have been arrested with contraband worth over Rs five crore in the international market, police said here on Monday.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Jangipur police and ATS arrested two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel late last night from near Mithapara village here and recovered over two kilo morphine and Rs 10 lakh cash from their possession, SP L Ravi Kumar said.

On information provided by the arrested duo, police raided the house of a constable in the factory premises early this morning and arrested three more security personnel while they were negotiating a deal, Kumar said.

Rs 7.38 lakh cash, 720 grams morphine, mobile phones and illegal cartridges were seized during the raid, he said.

The SP claimed that the trio during interrogation have confessed to smuggle the contraband.

Efforts are on to ascertain if more security personnel were involved in the racket, the SP said, adding that the police department has announcing a cash reward for the team which arrested the culprits.

Bureau Report