Army PRO, five others detained in drug haul

Drug haul

An Army Colonel posted as the Public Relations Officer in Imphal is among six persons detained by the Manipur police for allegedly ferrying drugs, worth between Rs 15-30 crore, to the Indo-Myanmar border.

Col Ajay Choudhury and five others an associate manager of Indigo Airlines, a Territorial Army sepoy posted under the Colonel, and three civilians were detained by a team of Manipuri commandos at Pallel in Chandel district on Sunday morning.

They were accused of ferrying pseudoephedrine, used for manufacturing heroin, in three vehicles, including the Colonel's official vehicle. Police suspect the Colonel had ferried drugs at least four times in the past.

"We have estimated that the drugs are worth between Rs 15-30 crore in the international market. We caught three vehicles carrying these drugs at Pallel," said Manipur DGP Y Joykumar Singh. "They seem to have been involved in a number of such operations before. Col Choudhury has been denying his involvement. However, one of the cars carrying the drugs was alloted to him by the Army. The consignment was on its way to Moreh," said Singh.

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