The Railway Protection Force RPF personnel seized 70 kgs of ganja from a running train on Sunday at Salem.
According to RPF sources, a search was launched Sunday evening in Sabari Express based on a tip off that ganja was being smuggled from Andhra in the train.
The RPF team headed by Inspector S.Sampath conducted a search in the general compartment of the train when it arrived in Salem Railway Junction. During the search, the cops spotted eight bags containing 35 packets. On further checking, they found that the packets contained ganja.
Some of the passengers in the general compartment moved to another compartment when the search was on. The cops caught one of them who was identified as M.Muthu 43 from Uthamapalayam in Theni District. On interrogating him further the police came to know that Muthu smuggled ganja from Guntur in Andhra along with six other persons including Kadhiresan from Tirupur.
The RPF Inspector S.Sampath said that the ganga found in the bags were seized. They weighed 70 kgs worth Rs.7 lakhs. Kathiresan was the key person in the gang that smuggled the contraband. Others were from Guntur and other places and they were paid Rs 3000 each to transport the ganja from Guntur to other places.
Last month the RPF found abandoned travelling bags in Salem Railway junction’s platform in which 36 kgs of ganja was found. Intensive vigil is being made in trains check smuggling of banned items said Sampath.