Persevering with its crackdown on an inter-State ganja smuggling community, the Ernakulam Rural police have arrested the alleged kingpin of the gang from Andhra Pradesh.
The arrested was recognized as Pallasreenivasa Rao, 26, of Andhra Pradesh. A particular squad fashioned by District Police Chief (Ernakulam Rural) Ok. Karthik nabbed the accused after a three-day-long operation in a hinterland 300 kilometres away from Vijayawada.
A taxi driver with suspected shut hyperlinks within the tribal belt, the accused was the contact particular person for Malayalis arriving within the space for ganja. The association was such that he used to fulfill potential patrons alongside the nationwide freeway, confirmed samples, and if the purchasers had been glad with the standard, a worth was reached.
The patrons had been then supposed to attend at a delegated place until the accused returned with their car to deliver them the load. It took the accused hours earlier than he returned with the well-packed load.
Benefiting from this association, the police staff approached the accused within the guise of potential ganja patrons and nabbed him. Although he tried to flee whereas being arrested, the police staff chased him down. Because the hub of the ganja has Maoist presence, it was dangerous to arrest the accused from there, the police mentioned.
The accused is suspected to have performed intermediary within the smuggling of 1000’s of kilograms of ganja into Kerala. The seizure of 105 kg of ganja whereas being smuggled into Kerala in two premium automobiles from close to the Angamaly KSRTC stand led to the invention of the community. Following this, Mr. Karthik fashioned the particular squad, which expanded the probe to different States as effectively.
In the course of the course of the probe, the police seized extra ganja consignments and arrested seven individuals actively related to the community. The probe reportedly unveiled the community smuggling the drug into Kerala.
It was discovered that the tribal belt of Andhra Pradesh was the hub of ganja smuggling into Kerala and the drug community had the assist of some locals that made the arrest of these concerned troublesome.
The probe staff even confronted assaults sooner or later. “The arrest of the important thing accused is probably going to assist us bust the community supplying ganja to Kerala and arrest extra folks,” mentioned Mr. Karthik.
The probe staff comprising Narcotic Cell DySP Ok. Ashwakumar, inspector M. Surendran, sub inspector T.M. Soofy, senior civil law enforcement officials Rony Augustine, P.S. Jeemon, and Prasad made the arrest.