Saturday, December 16, 2017

‘TT champ victim of smuggling racket, drugs given by friend’

Expressing shock and disbelief over the arrest of Lalrinpuia Lalchhuankima, a 19-year-old national-level table tennis player, at Mumbai airport with Rs 60 lakh-worth drugs, the Mizoram Table Tennis Association on Friday said he is a victim of a smuggling racket. Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) sources in Mumbai said a Nigerian gang was to receive the 3.9 kg methaqualone, a banned psychotropic substance, in Delhi.
"He has been the most sincere boy I have met. He is well disciplined. I believe there is a big racket behind his arrest," H Lalmuanpuia, vice-president of Mizoram Table Tennis Association, said, adding that the state association is convinced he is innocent. "He is a role model for aspiring table tennis players from Mizoram," he said.
Vanlalrema Vantawl, president of Mizoram Journalists' Association, said Lalrinpuia had carried the parcel in good faith and was framed. "Mizos are helpful people by nature," he added.
16/12/17 Ahmed Ali/Times of India