Punjab: Amarinder Singh government orders crackdown on drugs; 485 peddlers arrested in 10 days

The chief minister has directed the state agencies to coordinate with central agencies such as the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the customs department to check the supply and smuggling of drugs.

Under a massive crackdown on drugs in Punjab, as many as 485 drug traders and peddler have been arrested and 387 FIRs have been registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in just 10 days.

In a multi-state agency operation, involving state police backed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Anti-Narcotics cell units, led to major drugs seizures across the state, Punjab spokesperson disclosed on Tuesday adding that the civil administration was also extending its full support to the anti drugs campaign.

The chief minister has directed the state agencies to coordinate with central agencies such as the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the customs department to check the supply and smuggling of drugs into the state from other parts of India and abroad, said the spokesperson.

"The maximum of 63 cases have been registered in Jalandhar Rural district, from where the maximum recovery of 7.25 kgs of opium, besides 1 kg recovery of heroin by Border Security Forces (BSF) at the border, has also been reported," said the statement issued by Punjab government.

A Special Task Force (STF) was set up by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to wipe out the drug menace in the state especially 'chitta' (heroin, synthetic/ pharmaceutical drugs) on the directives of the Chief Minister.

The Punjab government's statement said that in the period between March 16 - the day the new government was installed in the state - and March 27, a total of 3.945 kgs of Heroin was recovered during raids by the special teams constituted as part of the campaign.

This includes 1 kg of Heroin seized by the BSF. Other drugs seizures made during this period include Poppy Husk, Smack, Charas, Opium, Bhang and Ganja.

The special teams have also recovered 133 bottles of syrup, 1075 injections and 90,993 capsules/pills packed with drugs, besides 11.224 kgs of Intoxicant Powder during the this period.

Apart from crack down on drug mafias, Punjab government has also launched massive awareness programs which include seminars and educational programmes in schools and colleges, along with nukkad nataks and road shows/rallies, are being conducted to create awareness about the drugs menace while the deaddiction centers, which had become defunct under the previous government, are being reactivated.

"A holistic approach has been adopted to synergise the deaddiction and rehabilitation activities," added the statement.

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