THE CHANDIGARH Police has registered more cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act this year than previous year and arrested 168 people in connection with drug trafficking till August 31.
According to the data submitted by the UT Administration before a division bench of Justices Surya Kant and Sudhir Mittal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday, 165 cases have been registered under the NDPS Act till August 31. Fifty-one cases are still pending trial while only two persons have been convicted of the crime.
The division bench expressed concern over the increase in the number of cases after observing that only 144 cases had been registered last year and this year the number of cases has already crossed the previous year’s mark. According to the data, the highest number of cases till August has been registered for recovery of illicit injections and bottles, followed by heroin.
The official response reveals that while cannabis (ganja) was the most common drug among the abusers and peddlers in the city last year, it has been taken over by illicit injections and heroin for which a double recovery has been made this year than the previous year.
The data reveals that while 1,685 injections, 2,765 capsules, 1,720 tablets and 50 bottles were recovered under the NDPS Act last year, 3,049 injections and 200 bottles have been recovered till August 31 for which 47 cases have been registered and 48 people have been arrested.
Similarly, while 360.749 grams of heroin was recovered last year, the police have already recovered 1, 179.130 kilograms in 43 cases. As many as 45 people have been arrested in the cases, according to the administration affidavit in the High Court.
During the resumed hearing of the case in the High Court, many lawyers before the division bench also expressed concern over the rise and said the police “is not doing enough” to look into the supply lines of the illicit drugs in the city.
The division bench has directed the UT Administration to make public the particulars of the pharmacy shops in the city and upload them on the website of the health department. The authorities have been asked to verify the drug licences of the shops and close down those found with fake or expired licences.