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A big pat for Punjab Police,headache for govt

For Punjab,this may come as a bad news,especially at a time when the ruling alliance and the Opposition are fighting it out over the figures denoting percentage of drug addicts in the state.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published: October 20, 2012 6:17 am

For Punjab,this may come as a bad news,especially at a time when the ruling alliance and the Opposition are fighting it out over the figures denoting percentage of drug addicts in the state.

And talking of figures,Punjab Police registered 7,788 cases under the Narcotic,Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in the first nine months of this year. Simply put,it has registered 2,324 cases more than what it registered in the 12 months in 2011.

“We have registered 7,788 cases under NDPS Act (in the first nine months),while last year 5,464 cases were registered (in 12 months). In 2010,we had registered 5,508 cases,” Punjab DGP SS Saini said while talking to The Indian Express.

“A total of 519 kg heroin – 202 kg by Punjab Police and rest by central agencies — has been recovered in the first nine months,much more than 362 kg that we had recovered in the whole of 2011,” he added.

While the figure may point to an increase both in abuse and illegal drug trade,it also points to the efforts put in by the Punjab Police to contain the menace.

“We (police) have also been successful in breaking the nexus between the drug-peddlers and the terror supporters as the anti-national elements often use the infrastructure created by drug peddlers to bring in weapons and explosives,” Saini said,adding that the narcotics mostly come to the state from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

As per the data available,the state police for the first time ever recovered amphetamine,commonly known as ice in rave party circuits. The recovered drugs were for supply to Mumbai and Delhi and cost almost as much as heroin. The police also recovered 1,500 kg cocaine,1.17 lakh kg poppy husk,884 kg opium,691 kg bhang and 98 kg charas.

As per the sources in the police,The main areas through which smuggling takes place is Ferozepur and Fazilka bordering Pakistan and Khem Karan sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The contraband smuggled through Khem Karan enters Punjab. Doaba region has come up as the new storage centre of the smuggled drugs with Bathinda,Mansa,Sangrur,Muktsar and Ferozepur being the worst affected. With the forces beefing up the security near the international border,the narcotics are being smuggled in via Rajasthan.

Drug cartels,admit police officers,have been using a portion of their huge profits to finance and facilitate terrorist and disruptive activities. Besides running a parallel economy,the illicit trade has spawned large money laundering network.

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