Kohima: According to a Nagaland police official, Dimapur city, the state’s commercial hub, is a transit point of a vicious cycle that is facilitating the movement of narcotic substances in the state.

This was stated by the Deputy Inspector General (Training & Camp Commandant) Police Complex Chumoukedima, Aotemsu, IPS on Monday during a one-day Seminar on ‘Narcotic Drugs: Laws and Procedure’ in Dimapur.

Addressing a section of officers from the Police, Law and Justice, Excise, Drug Controller, Health and Family Welfare department, the DIG said that the emergence of new synthetic drugs which are easy to manufacture and smaller in size has become an underlying challenge for the Law enforcement agency in recent times.

“Earlier, we used to intercept a convoy of truckers. Out of which 2 or 3 would be carrying the narcotic substances in huge consignment. Those previous cases of apprehended cases were huge and bulky. However those days are gone,” the officer said. 

During the programme that was organized by the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) in collaboration with Narcotic Control Bureau, Guwahati Zonal Unit, Guwahati, the officer said that the recent evolvements of new synthetic drugs could prove to be the easiest and leave a way to peddle drugs without raising any suspicion as it also does not require huge dosage. 

“The NDPS [Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances] found today are now easy to manufacture and do not need to be carried in large quantity, yet are worth lakhs of rupees,” he added.

This, according to him, is one factor that makes it easier to pass through any checkpoints as everything may seem normal. “There is an inner tryst and turmoil in our society today and we at the forefront of the law enforcement agency need to acknowledge our duty with mental knowledge and better ethics,” he encouraged the gathering.

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He also urged those in attendance at the seminar to provide feedbacks and explore insights into the obstacles and problems that are faced in the ground and come up with how to tackle and investigate such cases arising in the state. 

“Chargesheets are based on the mere confessions of an accused. However arrest, recovery and confession in line with the legal system should be the key of the investigation,” the DIG said further adding that cracking modus operandi of the peddlers is critical to the fight. 

NSLSA Member Secretary N Longshithung Ezung, NJS also shared that laws dealing with drugs and narcotic are special legislation requiring specialized knowledge. “It needs the efficient skill of handling the case from the stage of arrest to final disposal of the case,” he said. 

With the subject, having more stringent penal provisions than many other legislations requiring penalty and that it also prescribes certain special procedures of arrest, search, seizure etc and also for handling seized drugs to collect evidence, he pointed that it has been an area of interest discussed among the judiciary and the law enforcing agency in various platform. 

Towards this he called for concerted efforts of stakeholders-judiciary, law enforcing agencies, prosecutors and bar to fully and effectively implement NDPS cases noting that the seminar will be of learning and equipping oneself with required knowledge and skills. 

Resource person Manish Modi, Intelligence Officer, Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB), Guwahati and Suresh Kumar, SP, NCB, Imphal Zone gave detailed presentations on the salient features of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Investigation & Common errors, Trials and disposal orders and important judgements.

 The day-long seminar converged on amendments and important features, national for drug abuse, prohibition control and regulation, offences and penalties, powers, and so on, an update from the NLSA informed.

The subject of investigation dealt with information gathering and processes, search and seizures, production in court and sampling, linking pieces of evidence, charge sheet, trial monitoring and the error committed during these processes.

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