The Railway police on Sunday seized 9.9 kg of ganja from a passenger.
According to M. Lawrence, Inspector of Police (Railway), H. Mrutunjayasingh, a passenger who had disembarked from the Patna-Ernakulam Express at 12.50 p.m. at the Coimbatore Railway Junction, had behaved in a suspicious manner.
He was intercepted and examined under the provisions of Section 50 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychographic Substances Act.
It was found that he was carrying ganja neatly packed in a travel bag.
He was arrested under Section 52 of the Act.
Upon interrogation, he said that he was a native of Udayagiri village in Gajapathy district, Odisha.
He added that he had purchased the contraband from Andhra Pradesh.
The checking was part of the Railway police’s exercise to maintain vigil on trains that were known for accommodating those trading in narcotic substances.
The seizure was made after a railway police personnel, who was conversant with Hindi, translated the arrest procedures, remand report and seizure mahasar prepared by the police to the accused.
The arrest was recorded in the presence of two neutral witnesses.
Further investigations are going on.