Teddy Bear, the kids’ toy, has been suddenly in demand; various sizes of the toy have kept the sleuths at CID and Narcotics Control Bureau(NCB) on tenterhooks in West Bengal.
Last week, CID sleuths, on a tip-off, detained a car close to the Indo-Bangladesh border in North Dinajpur district. The sleuths who conducted a thorough search in the car, were surprised, having found nothing incriminating in it.
Suddenly, one of the officers noticed a big red teddy bear tucked away in a corner of the dicky. On opening the chain of the bear, one 9mm pistol and two cartridges were found hidden inside it.
Two persons were detained in connection with the incident; during interrogation, one of them admitted to cops that this was one of the latest strategies adopted by the smugglers of arms and gold to hoodwink police.
“Most of the cars have such toys stacked either in the dashboard or rear board for the show. We’ve adopted this method to evade detection,” police quoted one of them as confessing.
According to CID officials, they had definite information about a car carrying a cache of arms across the border and as per the tip-off, a strict vigil on the vehicles had been mounted and it yielded a result.
A week earlier, NCB sleuths were tipped off about a consignment of drugs, valued at Rs 5 crore in the international market, which was supposed to have been smuggled through Kolkata.
The NCB officials who finally managed to locate the car at a posh locality in south Kolkata, were surprised to find the car devoid of any such consignments.
Certain that their `sources’ could hardly mislead, the officials started dismantling the seats and other accessories. Little could they realise that the drug was hidden in two lovely teddy bears in the dashboard of the car itself.
Exhausted after nearly a three-hour search, one NCB official noticed the toy at the dashboard. When he went for it, the toy weighed more than its size, triggering suspicion. Finally, both the toys were unpacked and inside them, neatly packed was the consignment of drugs.
Earlier, border police recovered Rs 3 lakh worth of fake notes from Bongaon in North 24 Parganas district from a big black teddy bear aboard a van. Fake notes, it is learnt, are being smuggled through Maldah district inside these toys, compelling the cops to mount greater vigil.
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