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Kolkata: Does China have a direct or indirect role in the ever-growing narcotics addiction among college students in Kolkata?

The question has started bothering the police and security agencies in the city following the arrest of five Chinese nationals with as much as 197-kg banned party drugs. In the international market, the seized drugs are worth about Rs 39-crore.

The five Chinese nationals, all aged between 40-50 years, have been picked up by a team of Railway Protection Force from Kolkata railway station (Chitpur). They were found seated suspiciously behind a parked bus at the station around 11 pm last night.

The RPF personnel took them to the Government Railway Police station at Dum Dum and on checking their six trolley bags found huge consignments of amphetamine and methamphetamine tables that are abused as party drugs. The tables were found in 20 packets inside the bags.

GRP personnel also found on them 60 debit cards, 11 mobile phones two of which have Indian SIM cards, and five Chinese Passports. Barring one who speaks some English, none of the rest can speak any language other than Mandarin.

By going through their Passports, police have been able to find out that all of them are from Guangzhou or Canton in China, which is a hub for all sorts of narcotics, especially opium. Starting in 2016, the five have been visiting India at least four times a year and their port of destination has been Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai.

Police have found five Kolkata to Hong Kong flight tickets booked on Cathay Pacific with the departure time being 1.20 am today. This means hadn’t the RPF personnel nabbed them, the Chinese national would have taken a flight back the home in barely three hours.

Given the gravity of the case, the state CID has taken over the investigation from the GRP. The detectives are trying to find out for whom the huge drugs consignment was meant for.