Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has warned drug peddlers and dealers operating in the state to either surrender or face consequences of the stringent action which will be taken against them.
Biren was addressing the media at his secretariat on Friday regarding drugs menace in the state.
He said any person arrested with illegal drugs, regardless of quantity, would face compulsory jail term of one year which will be extendable upto two years under relevant act.
State police will file a case to any person found with illegal drugs regardless of quantity possessed. However, uses of drugs for treatment of addicts at rehabilitation centres under the supervision of doctors would be exempted, he added.
The chief minister said the situation of drug menace in the state is still alarming although the police forces had seized many illegal drugs during the last five years under the War on Drugs-I Campaign. As such, the state government will be putting much effort to totally root out drug menace from the state under War on Drugs-II.
He informed that the state government had recently re-constituted the Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) led by IGP- zone-III Nishit Kumar Ujjwal which had started functioning. The task force would not compromise to any pressure from any person or group and would work sincerely, according to law, with the objective to root out drug menace in the next two years.
Maintaining that any negligence on the part of police, thereby letting the drug peddlers to escape, will not be excused, Biren said they should work dutifully to nab drug peddlers at any cost. He further stated that the state police should make legal authorities aware of the drugs related situation in the state and also provide protections to judges and lawyers from any undue influence.
He informed that the director general of police had been to open outposts with five to 10 police personnel at every village, where illegal trafficking of drugs is frequently carried out. The Anti-Narcotics Task Force had also been empowered to procure necessary vehicles and other equipment, he added.
He said drone surveys will be conducted to locate all the poppy plantation areas. Assam Rifles and Central Narcotics Force will also be deployed in addition to the state police to root out poppy plantations. Home minister Amit Shah had also expressed a positive note to provide the personnel for the same, Biren added.
Relating the issue faced in natural conceiving by young couples in the State, according to a report from health department, to mass uses of intoxicants, he stated youths nowadays had started using intoxicants as a fashion. Such behaviour had posed a question on our future generations, he added. He, therefore, warned that no person involved in drug trafficking would be excused even on grounds of earning their living by carrying out such illegal activities. There are many respectful ways to earn a living, he added.
Regarding the indefinite bandh called by the Southern Angami Public Organisation, Biren informed that the state government had written a letter to the Nagaland government and a copy of the same had also been sent to the home minister. The police outpost is purely within the territorial boundary of Manipur and as such, the Government will not compromise the state boundary under any pressure, he added. He further stated that the issue will be resolved soon through diplomatic ways.
A combined team of commando, Imphal East and Anti- Narcotics Task Force of Manipur Police department arrested a drug dealer namely Md. Mujibur Rahaman from Khergao Awang Leikai with a large quantity of narcotics substances which value will be approximately Rs 1.2 crore in local market and around Rs 9 crore in international market. The seized items were also displayed to the media persons during the press conference.
The press conference was also attended by director general of police, Manipur P. Doungel and other officials concerned among others