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Feb 24, 2013 at 04:58pm IST

Manipur: Colonel among 6 detained for smuggling drugs worth Rs 16 crore

Imphal: An Army officer and five others were detained on Sunday by the police in Manipur's Chandel district after they were allegedly caught carrying illegal drugs meant to be smuggled out to Myanmar.

The Army officer was found carrying drugs worth Rs 16 crore. The officer, reportedly a Colonel, was returning from Moreh on the Myanmar border and was caught at Chandel.

They were being interrogated at the Pallel police station, about 45 kms south-east of Imphal, the sources said.

The Army said the matter was being investigated and promised strictest action if any personnel was found guilty. "It is a matter of investigation. If found guilty, strictest action will be taken as per the law of the land," Army Spokesperson Colonel Jagdeep Dahiya said in Delhi.

The six persons have not yet been arrested pending an inquiry to verify whether the drugs belonged to them, the sources said.

The drugs included tablets of Respifed, Omkop, Hilcold, Polyfed and Actidin, the sources said.

With Additional Inputs From PTI