Police cracks whip on illegal activities in Great Nicobar

Report by: 
BALRAM SINGH
CAMPBELL BAY
19 Jul 2017

Campbell Bay police have launched a concerted drive to curb illegal activities in the Great Nicobar region. Multiple raids were conducted in different  parts of the region revealing illegal activities ranging from gambling to sale of spurious liquor effecting arrest of at least nine persons against whom cases have been registered under relevant sections of the law.
In the drive against negligent, rash and drunken driving, the Campbell Bay has challaned more than 820 motorists since January this year and realized penalty to the tune of Rs 1.40 lakh. In its Dhad Pakad drive, a team from the Police Station, Campbell Bay, raided permanent  shelters at Joginder Nagar and arrested eight persons for gambling. An amount of Rs 4500 in cash was seized from the spot. All the accused were booked under A&N Islands Gambling Regulation, 1951 and later released on bail, according to reliable sources.
Acting on a tip off on the 14th of this month, the Police team intercepted a person at Campbell Bay bazaar and seized 8 bottles of 750 ml capacity containing spurious liquor. The accused has been identified as Krishna Das, an employee of Recon Company. A case under relevant sections of the excise regulation has also been registered against the accused, who was later released on bail.
In another joint operation, the Campbell Bay Police and a team from the Forest Department raided Old Machi Basti area and seized 0.378 cubm of Khachi timber illegally extracted from the forest reserve area. A search operation has been launched to nab the accused for possession of illegal forest produce.
According to sources, all the raids were led by Station House Officer (In-charge) of Police Station, Campbell Bay and the team comprised Head Constable SK Nag, Head Constable Vara Prasad, Police Constable Hamza and Police Constable Manoranjan. Forest officials in the raid team at Old Machi Basti area include Ranger Anil Kumar, Forester Hanifa and Forest Guard Raju.