MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: With the Gujarat Police being alert across the state on contraband being smuggled into the state, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch, in two different instances seized drugs worth Rs 3 crores being from luxury buses coming from neighboring states. The drugs are believed to be from Kashmir and were brought into the state through Rajasthan.
Police inspectors Kiran Chaudhary and JN Chavda got a tip-off about charas being taken to Saurashtra in an inter-state bus of Srinath Travels. The police set up a watch near Indira Bridge and intercepted one of the buses for checking. Their eyes fell on a visibly petrified woman who was carrying a bag. Upon inspecting it, they found 12.6 kgs of charas in her bag pegged to be worth Rs 1.9 crores. The lady, identified as Shaina Chhipa is a native of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan.
In another instance, Inspector Chavda arrested a person with 9.25 kgs of charas in his possession. Chavda had received a tip-off that a certain Kailash Lamba, a native of Rajasthan, would be smuggling drugs to Dholka in the state from Nimach in Madhya Pradesh in a bus. The police party set up a watch near Sardar Patel Ring Road and intercepted an Ajay Travels bus coming from Madhya Pradesh and upon checking, found him to be indeed carrying the drugs which are worth Rs 1.38 crores.
The smugglers are usually instructed to travel on public transport buses to save the risk of getting caught in the police nakabandi. The drugs were given the shape of laddoos and wrapped in paper and sealed with adhesive tapes. The paper used to wrap these laddoos were sheets of local Kashmiri newspapers. The crime branch is currently investigating the drug trail from Kashmir to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and ending in Gujarat.