Youth threatens ex-MP Sebastian Paul on train, when questioned admits to carrying 16 kg marijuana
Thiruvananthapuram: 16 kilogram of marijuana was seized from a passenger in the AC coach of a train who behaved strangely. The passenger, Pachallur native Abhiraj (21), got into the Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari express from Vishakhapattanam. He threatened former MP Sebastian Paul for no apparent reason.
Abhiraj was travelling in the A1 coach of the train. He threatened Sebastian Paul, who entered the train from Ernakulam at 2.45 am. They were the only passengers in the compartment.
Sebastian Paul said that he suspected Abhiraj to be a thief as he behaved strangely and stared at him. But as he was about to sleep, Abhiraj removed the curtain and threatened to punch the former MP. Soon Sebastian Paul complained to the Deputy Chief Ticketing Inspector.
The Deputy Chief Ticketing Inspector, Anil G Nair, asked Abhiraj for his identity card. But he replied that he did not have any. He contradicted himself while speaking. However, he admitted to be under the influence of drugs and that he was carrying marijuana with him. Immediately RPF was informed and he was handed over to Railway Police at Thiruvananthapuram, Anil G Nair said.
The marijuana was kept inside three packets in two bags. It was identified by a Labrador dog who was trained to identify marijuana.
Police said that Abhiraj bought marijuana from Rajamundri in Andhra Pradesh. He bought it for the distributors in Nedumangadu, Neyyattinkara and Valiyathura. Abhiraj, who is fluent in both Odia and Malayalam, has admitted to doing the crime in the past as well. He has been remanded by the court.