Kohima, 2 April (MTNews): In the ongoing “War Against Drugs” initiative of the Nagaland government, the Nagaland Police have apprehended Bahar Uddin, a notorious narcotics trafficker, along with two other individuals in connection with a criminal case. The arrests were made in coordinated operations spanning Sonitpur in Assam, Dimapur, and Imphal, Manipur.

The Nagaland Police said based on further leads, more incisive action will follow in the coming days.

Bahar Uddin, identified as the son of Nur Uddin, has long been a prime target in the fight against drug trafficking in the North East. According to the police, he was operating primarily from Dimapur, Nagaland and has established extensive supply chains reaching into Manipur, Nagaland, and Assam.

“He was primarily operating from Dimapur Nagaland, with his supply chain having upward procurement and trafficking links in Manipur and downward sale linkages in Nagaland and Assam,” Nagaland Police said.

It was said that multiple cases of Ganja and Sunflower/Shanflower (Heroin) trafficking were registered against him in Nagaland and other parts of the country by different agencies.

Subsequent to the arrest, Nagaland Police conducted searches in Dimapur at different locations to collect further evidence. “Incriminating material – documents, bank related papers, passbooks, multiple Sim cards (issued on fictitious names) and telephone devices (mobile handsets) have been seized,” it said.

Preliminary investigations reveal that Bahar Uddin has trafficked over 800 soap cases of the narcotic drug Sunflower/Shanflower (Heroin) from various suppliers in Manipur over the past 6 to 10 months. Furthermore, his involvement in the Ganja trade dates back to 1995.

“Nagaland Police will endeavour to unearth the entire trafficking chain in this case and also other cases,” it said.

In a statement, the Nagaland Police urged the public to come forward with any information regarding drug traffickers. Additionally, they expressed gratitude to organizations such as the Angami Public Organization, Angami Youth Organization, DAYO, and other CSOs who have been actively assisting the police whenever requested by deputing their representatives as witnesses etc.

The public was also reminded of the legal consequences of involvement in drug-related activities, whether through possession, financing, or aiding trafficking by hiding drugs or proceeds of drugs or providing shelter to criminals or allowing traffickers to transfer funds etc are offences too and the public is requested to exercise caution.

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