One held with charas worth Rs 5 lakh

 A native of Uttar Pradesh, Dewaria Munna Khan alias Ataullah Khan (55) was arrested by the Anti Narcotics Cell of Goa police and three kilograms of charas worth around ` 5 lakh was recovered from his possession.

Superintendent of Police, Crime, Dr O P Mishra, addressing the media on Wednesday evening, stated that after receiving information from a reliable source that Munna Khan from UP would be visiting Tisk-Karapur in Sanquelim to deliver the contraband substance to a prospective buyer, a trap was laid to arrest him.

Dr Mishra said that a raiding party, comprising of police inspector, Mr Suraj Halarnkar, constables, Mr Jeetendra Kambli, Mr Prakash Polekar, Mr Devidas Haldankar, Mr Sachin Gaonkar, Mr Mayur Gawade and Mr Sahadev Gawade apprehended the accused and placed him under arrest.

Dr Mishra said that an offence was registered against him under NDPS Act. He further said that Khan hails from a very poor family and that he works as a mechanic in a vulcanising shop. Khan has two daughters and two sons and wanted to sell drugs in the state to earn some cash during the tourist season, said Dr Mishra. He said the accused would be produced before the NDPS court in Mapusa.

Meanwhile, the police held the meeting of Anti-Task Force on Wednesday, wherein Narcotics Control Bureau chief, Mr Rohit Kotharia, Goa police officials and customs officials had elaborate discussion on the drug scene in the state.

They said since the tourism season is approaching in the state, the druggists and chemists located on the coastal belt would be under the police scanner for selling medicines without proper prescriptions to the locals as well as to foreigners.

He revealed that FDA will also keep an eye on the pharmacists and penalise those found involved in any kind of illegalities. [NT]