Hyderabad: Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) on our trains are no more just going about examining tickets. These crucial hands of the Railways have now become the primary source of clinching information for the Government Railway Police (GRP) to trace carriers smuggling marijuana from the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) to Mumbai and New Delhi. Based on assistance from TTEs, GRP personnel here have managed to nab more than 15 persons and seize over 3,000 kg of marijuana, worth over Rs 1 crore, in the last few days, officials said.
The police usually rely on porters, hawkers and vendors selling eatables on trains. But the information provided by these persons yielded little results in nailing those smuggling the substance to the two metros when the crackdown was launched last month. GRP officials then conducted a detailed study on passengers and the originating point from where the substance was being smuggled in large quantity. They decided to seek the assistance of TTEs travelling on the Konark Express, Andhra Pradesh Express trains and other trains towards the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and collect details of suspicious passengers.
The information from them was passed on to special police teams deployed to nab marijuana smugglers. Many a time, information on passengers boarding from stations in the AOB or nearby areas, along with suitcase trolleys, turned out to be precise. “If anyone found to be travelling under suspicious circumstances, we check their suitcases and if marijuana is found, we are immediately taking the passenger into our custody,” a GRP official said. He added that this tie-up with TTEs is yielding positive results and the GRP was succeeded in busting several gangs in the last few days.
A couple was also arrested a few days ago for allegedly possessing marijuana while five women were also among those nabbed by the GRP during the ongoing crackdown. Railways in-charge Superintendent of Police S Rajendra Prasad said the assistance of TTEs helped the GRP in cracking the whip on marijuana suppliers. “We are hopeful of getting the same cooperation from them in future,” he said.
2 held for smuggling marijuana
Hyderabad: The GRP personnel earlier this week nabbed two persons on charges of smuggling marijuana from Vijayawada to their place at Yavatmal in Maharashtra. Twelve kg of marijuana was recovered from the duo identified as Shakir Khan Pathan (22) and Sunil Ingde (19). They were travelling in the general coach when the police, on suspicion, checked them. The police booked a case against the two under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and arrested them.