Police arrest drug peddlers operating in the guise of importing essential goodsIn Province 1, police have so far seized over 2,800 vehicles on charge of defying the lockdown; 1,523 individuals have been in police custody for the same charge.
Police have arrested individuals who were peddling drugs and alcohol in the guise of transporting essential goods from different areas in Morang.
Police on Wednesday nabbed 34-year-old Dinbandu Prasad Modi with contraband drugs concealed inside sacks of sugar and other food items.
DSP of Morang Police Man Bahadur Rai said Modi was held with drugs such as Dialex-DC, Nitravet 10 and Spasmo Proxyvon Plus.
Police also confiscated 600 litres of local alcohol from a van at Katahari Chowk.
The alcohol was being supplied to various pubs and hotels in Biratnagar, police said.
Four persons, including the van driver, were also held.
Similarly, two men were arrested in Kerabari, Morang, with an unspecified amount of marijuana.
In Mechiniagar, Jhapa, police have arrested a man for possession of brown sugar.
Besides fighting common crimes, law enforcement agencies in Province 1 are also actively enforcing the lockdown orders.
They have so far seized over 2,800 vehicles on charge of defying the lockdown. They have also detained 1,523 individuals on the same charge.
Nepal is currently into the fifth week of nationwide lockdown imposed as a response to the coronavirus crisis.