Huge consignment of marijuana seized from truck carrying IAF officer’s belongings

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Acting on tip-off, the Police intercepted a truck at Karigaon area in Assam’s Kokrajhar district, carrying a consignment of 258 kgs of marijuana (ganja) hidden in 19 packets and have seized the contraband item. The vehicle was used by an Indian Air Force officer to ferry his household items from Shillong to New Delhi where he had been transferred on February 28, 2017. Two persons including the driver and an IAF staff are being interrogated. Police suspect that the banned substance was bound for Delhi or some other place en route.
More than establishing the nexus of the driver and the main accused, the society were shocked to once again be reminded that such banned substances are in abundance in the region.

This has once again reminded that two city college students were detained along with marijuana, commonly known as ganja by the Shillong Traffic Police on October 14, 2015 from Dhankheti after being tipped off by a travel agency. The two, staying in a hostel at Malki, had gone to the travel agency to drop two packets to be sent to Dimapur and were later handed over to the concerned Police Station. More than discussing the discipline that the educational institutions impart, easily availablility of any form of intoxicating substances in the state capital is indeed a concern.
In this competitive world, most of the professionals greatly depend on educational institutions to reform their own children, as they simply do not have time to do so themselves. Whereas, teaching is more a stepping stone for many till they get government jobs, most of the young teachers both in school and college are new to the profession and do not hesitate to share cigarettes and drinks with students.
Exchange of kwai and other tobacco substances is common and many even go for long drives with students which has encouraged the young students to openly enjoy the bad habits with the support of teachers.
The young teachers, being new can easily adapt to the life style of the students as their age difference is not much, hence be it in the college campus or outside, they meet like friends and share drinks and smoke and have made a mockery of the pious student – teacher relationship by keeping the term discipline at arm’s length.
Secondly, the easy available of all kind of banned substances in the state capital, where students from other states studying here have tagged Shillong as ‘Las Vegas of North East’ for the free flow of wine and alcohol, easily availability of drugs and sex workers, smoking all types of intoxicating substances freely without any interference from any quarter.
Recently, hotels and lodges are mushrooming in every nook and corner of the city, even in the heart of the residential areas which is not at all approachable by the tourists. Shillong is known to be the city with alert vigilance of Traditional Institutions, where every entry and exit from the locality needs to be reported to the local durbar.
Yet, one fails to understand how there is no restriction on the hotels and lodges in various localities. At the same time the permission is easily acquired from the authorities. Some of them are being booked by the students as hostel, exposing them to all the anti social activities.
There is no denial that the state capital of Meghalaya – Shillong – is indeed the city of crime and sex, where every illegal transaction from arms and ammunition, fake currency to drugs, flesh trade to smuggling, one needs to name it, is being carried out in the open under the very nose of the district authorities. Only few get trapped into the police net, while most carry on with business unhindered.
Shillong is not only the hub of Educational Institutions but also the headquarters for all forms of anti social activities, where illicit liquor is openly available in most localities, Marijuana vendors are present everywhere and in some selected spots within the city and suburbs even drugs are easily available; strangely all are thriving in their business.
How can one not suspect a nexus between the authorities and the anti social elements as it can be seen that even though both the Central and State Intelligences agencies are on the chase day in and out, people with vested interests in the society can easily spread their tentacles of such organized crimes in the state capital.
Most of the headquarters of religious institutions of all faith, best of educational institutions, Heads of government officials, Defense and Home Affairs are crowded in Shillong, yet different criminal gangs have turned the city into their holiday destination, for purchase of arms and cracking deals, while having easy available access to alcohol and sex workers at their choice of the hotels and lodges at the most discreet locations.
Manipur came out from the shadow of such anti social activities due to the Mother’s Union who took action on war footing to restore the pride of their state. Meghalaya has the maximum registered NGOs, Pressure Groups and Civic Societies, yet its capital is now considered the city of crime and sex.
The arrest of the two students from different college in the city only established the claims that the state capital needs an iron fist to deal in both the educational institutions and the state police should bust the nexus through these two young students who were being arrested in the city for sending ganja, be it trafficking by themselves or just a courier boys as this can lead authorities to the kingpin.


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