As a part of its ‘War on Drugs’ operation, the Assam government initiated a two-day ‘Seized Drugs Disposal’ program on Saturday. Over the next two days, drugs worth Rs.168.38 crore will be destroyed in four districts of the state.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma led the program organised by Assam Police in Diphu and Golaghat on Saturday. In Diphu, 11.88kg Morphine, 2.89kg Crystal Meth, 3.47kg Heroin, 102.91kg Cannabis and 2,03,384 Yaba tablets were burnt to ashes.
Speaking on the occasion held at Karbi Anglong Sports Association playground in Diphu, the Chief Minister said, “What we have achieved in the past two months, I believe that we have only been able to seize 20-30 per cent. If we consider Rs 150 crore as 20 per cent, you can all assess how big the market is. It must be worth around thousands of crore or more.”
“Generations were being destroyed, the economy was hampered, they were destroying the middle-class families. No one wants their children to be identified as an addict. People sell off their lands, sell ornaments. Today we burnt down all those bad things,” Sarma added.
Later, the CM took part in a program in Golaghat where contraband substance worth Rs 20 crore was destroyed, which includes 802 gm Heroin, 1205 kg Cannabis, 3kg Opium and 1,06,177 Yaba tablets.
Finance Minister Ajanta Neog, Minister for Agriculture and Veterinary, Atul Bora, and Health Minister, Keshab Mahanta accompanied CM Sarma in the ‘Seized Drugs Disposal’ program held today.
Earlier, the Chief Minister gave figures of contraband seized over the past few months during the budget session of the Assam Assembly.
“Since the day I’ve assumed office, 874 cases have been registered, 1,493 drugs dealers arrested & drugs worth Rs 163 cr have been seized,” the CM shared through Twitter.
Apart from Diphu and Golaghat seized drugs will be destroyed in Nagaon and Hojai. These drugs were confiscated during police operations in the last two months.