Kolkata/New Delhi: Adolf Hitler used to administer a drug to his soldiers to keep them energised during the Second World War. It is still manufactured and sold in large quantities in Myanmar. Known as Ya ba (meaning, mad drug) in the Burmese language, this ‘medication’, which is a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine, has entered this country via Bangladesh through Rohingyas, whom the Mamata Banerjee government of West Bengal is helping infiltrate into the State and settle here.
Myanmar happens to be the largest producer of methamphetamine in the world.
Chased by the Myanmarese Army, the Rohingyas amassed as much of this drug as they could before sneaking into Bangladesh.
Now the settlers in Cox’s Bazaar’s Ukhiya and Teknaf relief camps, brimming with too many ‘refugees’ to take in more, are bringing this drug to India as those camps in Bangladesh overflow.
The drug scare is not confined to West Bengal. Other Rohingyas have entered India through the route of Manipur. They are now scattered across the country, mingled with the local crowd.
A Rohingya called Moin ul Haq, who entered Bengal via Manipur, travelling through the States of the Northeast circumventing the map of Bangladesh, was recently caught with 1,550 Ya ba tablets. The market price of the cache would be about Rs 18 lakh.
Haq was arrested in an area called Golapbag of the Lalgola Bazaar in the district of Murshidabad, northern West Bengal. The Kolkata Narcotics Control Bureau carried out the raid without taking into confidence the district police.
The arrested Rohingya was grilled for hours by the bureau. The interrogation yielded information of a big gang operating for the supply of the mad drug. The bureau is now on a lookout for the conduits through whom the cache of drugs made its way to Bengal from Manipur.
The narcotics departments suspects that thousands of Ya ba tablets have been distributed in the capital city of West Bengal with the help of local contraband operators.
A few persons from the ‘high society’ of Kolkata were recently booked for possession of illegal drugs including Ya ba.
Ya ba not only energises the consumer but, reportedly, suffices as an aphrodisiac. The tablet that comes in bright colours emits a pleasant aroma and is available in different flavours.
The law enforcement agencies of the State are now carrying out raids to seize the dubious tablets from consumers who largely belong to the upper middle class and the rich of the city.