ITANAGAR, Jul 9: In a significant crackdown on drug peddling, the police in coordination with the CRPF apprehended two government employees in Gohpur, Chimpu. The operation, led by deputy superintendent of police Kengo Dirchi, SDPO Itanagar, and inspector N Nishant, OC Chimpu PS, resulted in the recovery of 27 vials of suspected heroin.

On the morning of July 8, at around 10 AM, a reliable source reported suspected drug peddling in the Gohpur area. Following a briefing with SP Itanagar, Rohit Rajbir Singh, a team under Dirchi proceeded to Gohpur for reconnaissance. The team strategically laid a trap and successfully apprehended two individuals on NH-415, Gohpur.

Chow Molaping Mansai, 38, from Kherem village in Namsai district, is currently serving as a constable in the 2nd IRBN, residing behind the DC Office, Chandranagar, Itanagar.

Godak Tatak, 39, from Radum village in Kamle district, is currently serving as a caretaker in the APEDA office, residing behind Punjabi Dhaba at Yagamso Colony, Itanagar.

In the presence of executive magistrate Takam Nicholas and local witnesses, the suspects were served notice. The search for Mansai led to the recovery of ten plastic vials containing heroin (1.4 grams), six empty plastic vials, and two metallic foils. Based on their statements, a further search of Godak Tatak's rented house resulted in the recovery of 17 vials containing heroin (2.5 grams) and one empty vial.

All seized items were properly weighed, packed, and sealed on the spot in the presence of the executive magistrate and witnesses. The entire operation was video-recorded for transparency. A case has been registered under under Sections 21(a)/29 of the NDPS Act, with SI SK Jha assigned to investigate.

Singh has urged people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the nearest police station.