‘Satellite imaginaries, drones will be utilised for identification of poppy, cannabis cultivated areas’

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Imphal: Manipur director general of police (DGP) P. Doungel on Wednesday said to enable destruction of poppy and cannabis cultivation, satellite imaginaries and drones will be utilised for identification of the cultivated areas.

All important transit routes and vulnerable areas will be manned immediately to check cultivation of poppy, cannabis, processing of drugs, illicit trafficking and marketing of drugs, the police police chief told reporters, here.

He said poppy, and cannabis cultivators, drug peddlers, traffickers and those involved in processing of drugs will be dealt with strictly by invoking Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (PIT NDPS) Act.

Under the Act a person can be detained for 1-year which can be extended to 2 years in areas highly vulnerable to illicit trafficking of drugs like Manipur. Under the Act 8 person have been detained since March 2020, he added.

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“Since Dcember last year to February the police department have destroyed around 1,950 acres of poppy cultivation,” Doungel said

He said in the first meeting of the Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) conducted at the cabinet hall of chief minister’s secretariat chaired by chief minister N. Biren Singh gave directives to take up all necessary measures to end the menace of drug and to make Manipur a drug free state.

Under the leadership of Biren Singh state police department has been putting continuous efforts in combating the menace of drugs as a part o the ‘War on Drugs’. A dedicated Anit-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) which shall also function as the Narco-Coordination Centre (NCORD) Secretariat for the state was constituted on March 5 by an order o the state home department to facilitate effective coordination among the various drug law and enforcement agencies, he added.

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He said NCORD had 10 members headed by additional director general of police (intelligence).

The ANTF was reconstituted on March 22 and it is now headed by inspector general of Police, Zone II, Nishit Kumar Ujjwal and its other members are representatives from Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Manipur; deputy inspector general of police (intelligence/NAB) director (TA and hills); director (social welfare); joint/deputy secretary, home; director horticulture; managing director, Cyber Corporation (IT); director , Manipur Remote Sensing Application Centre (MARSAC) and SP, NAB, Doungel said.

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As directed by the state government the investigation of NDPS cases shall be exploited and the maximum efforts will  be made to establish the linkages and kingpins in order to book them as per provision of law and also to bring the investigation of the NDPS cases to logical conclusion at the earliest, the police chief said.

The police department will work in coordination with various civil society organisations, local clubs, village chief, any other organisation and individual in combating the menace of drugs, he added.

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