Manipur CM

Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday said his government is ready to extend every possible assistance to the police department and public prosecutors to fight with drug menace in the state.

CM Biren Singh was speaking at a seminar-cum-interactive workshop for public prosecutors and police officers at City Convention Center in Imphal.

“It is my promise that I won’t allow any political intervention in drug-related cases and anti-national activities. In case of any such political intervention, I’ll deal with them personally,” Singh posted on his Facebook page.

He further said that the state government is ready to extend every possible assistance to our police forces and the public prosecutors, while adding, the time has come to deal with these anti-social elements with iron hands.

CM Biren Singh-led BJP government has been firm in its fight against drugs and other anti-social elements in the state and the drive has been intensified by launching mass crackdown against drug traffickers in the state.

Earlier, the chief minister, who is in power for the second successive term, warned the drug peddlers and dealers operating in the state to surrender themselves or else face the consequences.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Singh said there should be no compromise on drugs and anti-social related cases. Any personnel found using or trafficking drugs or with records of drug abuse should be suspended, put into rehabilitation centre and be terminated after following proper legal process, he said.

Concerning illegal poppy plantations in the state, the chief minister instructed officials to identify and arrest the land owners. He said a cabinet sub-committee has been formed and a report being sought and, accordingly, will take up stringent actions including putting hold on MGNREGA benefits and even de-recognising the villages if their chiefs are found to be involved.

Stressing further on the gravity of the drug menace in the society, Singh said the fight against drugs is a war and we should move forward until we get our results. He made an earnest appeal to all stakeholders to be serious and to not deal with the issue casually as it could affect entire generations and society.  

It is time for all of us to think of our future generation, theCM said, adding that it is the sole responsibility of the present generation to shape and protect our future generations.

He also said the workshop is organised to discuss loopholes in the fight against drugs and sought expert opinion on the same. He further urged the conference to discuss the NDPS Act, Free Movement Regime, lack of infrastructure for forensic testing, man-power and others and to submit recommendations.

The chief minister also stressed on the need for co-ordination among various stake-holders including police, public prosecutors, forensic teams, advocates and hon’ble judges and said that we cannot go beyond the law, but within the provision of the law, we need coordination and find the loopholes to eradicate the drug menace from the state.

He further said that the government is also working towards 24×7 vigil at Moreh and fencing of border areas.

The inaugural function was attended by Minister L Sushindro Meitei, Chief Secretary, DGP, Police officials, Judges, Public Prosecutors among others. It was followed by an Interactive Training Session attended by police officers, public prosecutors, Narcotics Control Bureau team, Narcotics and Affairs of Border Team, Manipur, among others.

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