Indian Army Colonel smuggling drugs worth Rs 20 crore

25 Feb

Colonel Ajay Choudhury arrested for smuggling drugs in ManipurAfter the tainted Politicians, Indian bureaucrats involved in the recent chopper deal scandal, now it’s the Indian army personnel adding more shame to the defense ministry. So far many of us in India were/are living in a belief that Indian army is a group of true civilians who at any cost will never let the country down, please correct yourself if you are the one living under such an high belief for our Indian Army because it looks like the Indian army’s obsession to serve mother India is no more the case now and greed for money has been injected into our country’s prestigious army troops as well.

In one of the biggest drug hauls in the State of Manipur, Colonel Ajay Choudhury a Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Press Information Bureau (Defense Wing), was caught along with five persons by Manipur police Commandos while trying to smuggle illicit drugs (pseudoephedrine tablets) worth Rs 20 crores into Myanmar through the border town Moreh. This is third time in less than two months that Manipur police have seized large consignment of drugs in the State.

The commando team arrested six persons who were in the three vehicles. The first vehicle was a Bolero from which they arrested Colonel Ajay Chowdhary,49 years, of Bihar infantry posted at M sector Imphal as a Public relation officer(Ministry of Defence) along with his companion who is also the Assistant manager of Indigo Airlines in Manipur and an Indigo security staff officer identified as Ngairangbam Brojendro, 40 years. They were driving with three carton boxes, one suit case, six gunny bags and one big carry bag containing illegal tablets. Second vehicle was again a Bolero from which they arrested Haupu Haokip, 28 years, along with another occupant identified as Minthang  Doungel, 29 years. Their vehicle had two big size airbags, five carton boxes and one gunny bag containing tablets. The third vehicle was a Tata Safari and was driven by Minlin Haokip, 25 years, and another occupant in the front seat said to be an army personal of 165 Infantry Battalion posted in Assam. They were caught with eight big size gunny bags, one carton box and five airbags.

When questioned about the seizure, Colonel Ajay Choudhury reportedly told police that he was not aware of the goods and thought they were the personnel goods of his travelling colleagues. Later it was also found that the vehicles used by the PRO defence was bearing double registration number plates: one, with a  fake number above the original number plate bearing MN04A / 6968, with the fake number MN04 / 8390 stuck above.

Ajay Chaudhary said he was “cheated” by “nephew of a very senior officer” into accompanying him. He said “Yesterday, the nephew of a very senior officer whom I know had come to me. I have met him two or three times at his place. He said he had come to trade in Moreh and a few people harassed him enroute to Moreh, I asked him what it was, he said nothing just a few things that I deal with. There will be a few packages I would be taking in my car. So you don’t have to worry. So I said OK…,” Chaudhary also asked his friend from IndiGo Airlines who agreed to join him so that they could do some shopping in Moreh.

Now if all the story which Mr. Ajay Chaudhary is narrating for his innocence, why in the world he had a fake number on his vehicle? According to some news agencies, PRO Ajay Chowdhary had confessed and revealed that it is not the first time that he had carried drug consignments to the border town of Moreh and that he had already made five to six trips for which he gets Rs 6 lakhs per trip.