All Tripura Rubber Dealer’s Association, a registered association of rubber exporters, today urged the state government to take stringent action against the gradually mushrooming cannabis mafia that is, purportedly, targeting the inter-state rubber export to pass cannabis consignments. The association alleged that the truckers were being bribed to ferry cannabis consignment with rubber in order to avoid police.
Addressing a Press Conference here in Agartala Press Club, Secretary of the organization Subrata Saha pointed out that after the state government resorted to “zero-tolerance strategy” against cannabis the mafia active in this field had targeted the rubber export for easy transportation of their consignments.
“Not less than 10 lakh people are associated with this business. But, since the last few months or so many of the rubber exporters are facing serious trouble due to this. Huge consignments of rubber are getting stuck in between as police seizes the entire rubber laden truck if cannabis is traced in the vehicle. The rubber exporters have no links with the cannabis but they are the biggest sufferers” said Saha.
“First of all”, he said, “The drivers are allured of hefty bribe. If the drivers refuse, they are threatened by the anti-socials to carry the consignments. But, when the driver gets caught, the whole rubber consignment gets stuck in a long legal process resulting in huge losses to the exporters as well as the people associated with this business”.
The organization urged the government to ensure the proper security of the rubber truckers as it brings huge revenue to the government. “The state government gets a GST of Rs 5 per kilogram. That means, it is a source of huge revenue to the state government and it is the duty of the government to ensure proper security of its earning resources” Saha claimed.
The organization placed a 3 point chartered of demands that includes: police escorts for the rubber laden trucks from Jirania to Churaibari, arrest of the drivers in order to find out the real culprits and speedy release of the materials seized by the police. The association had also placed these demands to the police and civil administration and also sought time to meet Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. Notably, on an average altogether 20 to 25 trucks leave from Agartala every day.