Manipur: Notorious drug lord who ran international cartel arrested


IMPHAL, JUNE 8: Narcotic Affairs and Borders (NAB) Police Manipur on Thursday announced that they had arrested a wanted criminal and notorious drug lord of Manipur, who had been evading arrest for over 2 decades.
Md Masle alias Masleuddin alias Haji Basleuddin, 63, a resident of Lilong Turel Ahanbi, was reportedly arrested from his residence on May 30 in a joint operation launched by a team of NAB and Thoubal district police officers led by Thounaojam Brinda DSP of NAB. The combined team also reportedly recovered some cash from his possession.
Masle has been declared a proclaimed offender by the Police Department for his involvement in a number of cases including drugs and arms trafficking, organised crime, etc and the first case against him was lodged in 1988 for assault with a deadly weapon.
He is one of the known drug kingpins of Manipur, who runs an international drug cartel spanning from Myanmar to India, Nepal, Bangladesh and other South East Asian countries.
“Several attempts to arrest Masle in the past turned futile as the security forces often met with stiff resistance from the drug lord’s gang of loyalists, who would often resort to using deadly force,” said SP NAB, W Basu.
“In the latest operation – that led to the arrest of the drug lord – many of the loyalists’ attacked the security forces, including DSP Brinda of NAB who was leading the operation,” he said.
While the police team managed to arrest the drug lord this time, his son Md Syed Ahmed alias Syrin (27), who is also involved in many crimes, escaped.(Courtesy: IE)