Discussion being held on drug abuse and drug trafficking scenario in the Northeastern states

Agartala: Worried over the increase in smuggling of contraband items from and through the Northeast, director generals of police (DGPs) of all eight Northeast states held a day-long crucial meeting in presence of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) director-general Rakesh Asthana and deputy director-general B Radhika in Agartala on Wednesday.

A notification issued by the office of the deputy inspector general of police (crime branch) said: “…officers will visit Tripura to attend a meeting of senior officers of police and other law enforcement agencies, border guarding forces, intelligence agencies and other CAPF of NE states… The meeting would be chaired by DG, NCB, New Delhi and would be attended by DGPs of all Northeastern states.”

Senior officials of the Border Security Force (BSF), Assam Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and intelligence agencies and other law-enforcing agencies also attended the meeting.

After the day-long meeting, NCB’s Asthana told reporters that the basic discussion was held on drug abuse and drug trafficking scenario in the Northeastern states and have tried to divide strategies to curb the drug menace effectively.

“In the Northeast region, we have the problem of smuggling of drugs across the border and transiting through the NE states to other parts of the country. The consumption in the NE state is also a very big issue and a serious issue. We are committed to deal with it very effectively,” he said.

He also said that this can be dealt with effectively only with the help of coordination and cooperation among different agencies including state police and state government agencies.

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Speaking on ‘darknet markets’, Asthana said, “Drug traffic through darknet is definitely a serious trend which has come to the notice of all across the world. This is being utilised and India is not an exception. But a lot of work is required in this area to find out exactly how much of this exploited here.”

The Northeast region, which shares international borders with China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan, has been used as a corridor for drug smuggling for a long time.

Earlier on November 28, BSF’s Tripura frontier inspector general Solomon Yash Kumar Minz said that the India-Myanmar border with Mizoram and Manipur is the main transit route for smuggling of yaba tablets and other drugs.

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