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Police, narcotics sleuths round up 400 drug addicts in 3 days

The drive is being conducted by all the 92 police stations on the directions of newly appointed police chief Rakesh Maria.

Mumbai |
Updated: February 26, 2014 1:20:49 am

 

In 2013, 4,016 people had been arrested in 1,330 cases of drug consumption. express In 2013, 4,016 people had been arrested in 1,330 cases of drug consumption. express

Following the instructions from newly appointed Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria, the Mumbai Police have launched a city wide crackdown on drug addicts. The drive is being conducted by all the 92 police stations as well as the Anti -Narcotics Cell (ANC), and 400 drug addicts have been rounded up in the last three days alone, police officers said.

In the first meeting that Maria had convened with senior police officers last week, he had stressed on the need to take strict action against drug addicts in the city. Maria has instructed local police stations to collaborate with the ANC in the crackdown.

ANC officers said a list of all known spots popular with drug consumers was submitted to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sadanand Date last week. “These spots include empty mill plots, abandoned buildings and playgrounds. We know that addicts gather at these spots on a daily basis. Respective police stations have now begun to clear these areas of anti-social elements. Even if every police station makes at least one arrest a day, we will be able to take a lot of addicts off the street,” said a senior officer with the Mumbai Police.

Senior officers said 255 offences had been registered city-wide under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act until Tuesday.

Of these, 16 cases have been registered and 100 arrests have been made by the ANC, with the local police making the rest of the arrests.

“We have been conducting raids during wee hours and also in the evening so we can produce the accused in court at the earliest. The magistrate fines them Rs 2,000, and if they are unable to deposit the amount, they are sent to jail,” said a senior ANC official.

In 2013, 4,016 people had been arrested in 1,330 cases of drug consumption. The numbers had doubled from 2012, when 2,761 people were arrested in 783 cases.

A drive of this magnitude had last been conducted in the aftermath of the two gangrapes at the Shakti Mills compound, when the police had started rounding up people from deserted spots.

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