Tuesday, February 27, 2024

“Trinamool Leader Arrested Amid Sandeshkhali Land Grab Scandal”

In a significant development amidst the ongoing unrest in Sandeshkhali, North 24 Parganas district, Trinamool Congress leader Ajit Maity has been arrested by the West Bengal Police on charges of land grabbing from local villagers. Maity, known to be closely associated with absconding TMC figure Shahjahan Sheikh, was apprehended on Sunday evening from the residence of a civic volunteer following a series of complaints.

“Bengaluru Faces Water Crisis: Long Queues and Rising Costs Amid 24-Hour Supply Cut”

As Bengaluru grapples with a severe water crisis exacerbated by dwindling reservoir levels and receding groundwater, residents face the prospect of a 24-hour water supply cut commencing Tuesday. With over 200 talukas in the state declared drought-hit, the city's water board finds itself compelled to divert resources from depleted sources towards meeting essential water needs.

“Navy Chief: BrahMos Now Main Weapon with ₹19,000 Crore Deal Approval”

In a significant move towards bolstering its defense capabilities and promoting indigenous manufacturing, the Indian Navy has announced that the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile will now serve as its primary weapon system. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar made this declaration following the clearance of a ₹19,000 crore deal by the Cabinet Committee on Security, paving the way for the acquisition of over 200 BrahMos missiles.

“LSD Cartel Busted: Over 13,800 Blots Seized in NCR, Three Arrested by NCB”

Latest news"LSD Cartel Busted: Over 13,800 Blots Seized in NCR, Three Arrested by NCB"

Over 13,800 LSD blots have been seized in a significant drug bust conducted by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the National Capital Region (NCR). Three individuals have been arrested in connection with the operation, which targeted a pan Indian LSD drug cartel named “Zambada.” This cartel, operating on the darknet, is the only Indian LSD cartel rated “five stars” by traffickers and consumers.

The NCB’s crackdown on Zambada comes as part of an ongoing investigation into another cartel that was busted two months ago. The agency had previously arrested six people and seized around 14,962 LSD blots in that operation, making it the highest seizure of the drug in India at the time.

The Zambada cartel was identified through continued operations, and the mastermind was located in Ballabhgarh (Faridabad). The arrests and raids conducted by NCB teams led to the further seizure of 13,863 LSD blots and 428 grams of MDMA. The cartel’s total drug value has not been immediately disclosed.

According to Gyaneshwar Singh, the NCB deputy director-general, darknet-based drug cartels are rated on a scale of “one star to five stars” based on the potency of the drugs they sell and their customer service. The Zambada cartel comprised young educated men aged between 21 to 25 years, drawn into drug dealing due to the allure of easy money and the anonymity offered by darknet operations.

Notably, various web series on OTT platforms inspired their mode of operations, and they named the cartel after Ismael-Marlo Zambada Garcia, a Mexican drug lord who remains one of Mexico’s 37 most wanted drug lords with a substantial reward on his head.

LSD, a potent hallucinogenic drug, is challenging for enforcement agencies to detect as it can be easily concealed and comes in the size of a common postal stamp. Each LSD blot costs between ₹4,000 to ₹8,000 depending on the quality of paper, thickness, and brand name.

The NCB highlights that the consumption of LSD has become popular in India, especially among youth and students. The agency continues to intensify efforts to curb the spread of such dangerous substances and dismantle drug cartels operating on the darknet.

Sources By Agencies

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