Biren disposes huge quantity drugs
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 26, 2018: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Wednesday set on fire huge quantity of drugs which were seized by Manipur Police in connection with 24 cases.
The drugs were disposed off at Pungdongbam Khanglahoubi Lampak in Imphal East district in the presence of ministers, MLAs, high ranking police officers, media persons, villagers and local leaders.
The contraband items which were disposed in flames were 11,302 kg and 647 gm of Ganja, 3,97,740 Pseudo-ephedrine tablets, 2,63,600 Respifed tablets, 90,174 Spasmo Proxivon capsules, 228 WY (World is Yours) tablets, 6633 number of Nitrosun (N-10) tablets and 27 gm of No. 4 heroin powder.
The drugs were seized by the police stations of Narcotics and Affairs of Borders, Lilong, Jiribam, Bishnupur, Moirang, Lamlai, Churachandpur, Porompat and Nungba.
Biren Singh said the impact of drugs and intoxicants to the society is so huge. It can even damage a whole generation, he opined. That is why the BJP-led Government announced war on drugs soon after it assumed power, the chief minister said.
He also informed that from March last year to August this year, Manipur Police registered 483 drugs related cases and arrested 636 persons including 126 women. The total quantity of drugs and contraband items seized during this period was over 19 kg of No. 4 heroin powder, over 5,031 kg of Ganja, over 243 kg of Opium, 3,88,342 capsules of Spasmo Proxivon, 23,480 tablets and 31 strips of Nitrosun (N-10), 10,83,283 WY tablets, 4,697 bottles of cough syrup, over 17 kg of Brown Sugar, 29,000 Ephedrine tablets and 30,800 Alphawin tablets. All these contraband items would also be disposed off later after completing due procedures and formalities, he added.
In addition to taking up stringent measures to check trafficking of drugs from other states and countries, the state government had also destroyed poppy plantations of around 1852 acres in the state so far. Villagers who used to plant poppy had been provided alternative means of livelihood of Agarwood, lemongrass and avocado cultivation, said the chief minister.
The government had also set up a Fast Track Court to exclusively deal with Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances related cases only. Around 8 kg of heroin could be seized in 2016-17, however this figure was increased to 19 kg in 2017-18 after declaration of war on drugs by the new government, Biren said.
He also lauded the MLAs who are taking active part in checking drug abuse and peddling. Anti-Drug Committees had also been constituted at different localities, he added.
For the first time in the history of Manipur Police, the new government recommended Gallantry Award for a police officer, who took active role in checking drug menace. It clearly shows government’s strong commitment of controlling drug menace, he added.
Biren thanked police, media, local club volunteers and Meira Paibee organisations for extending support and co-operation to the government’s anti-drug campaign.
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