“Myanmar based cartels involved in Assam drug rackets”: Assam Police

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GUWAHATI: Drug cartels from Myanmar has been active in the state, said Assam police director-general (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Tuesday adding that the state police have launched a massive crackdown against drug racket in the state.

Mahanta hinted that several Indian rebel groups taking shelter in the neighbouring country have been involved in the drug racket of the region.

“In northeast also in several neighbouring states poppy cultivation is done and these cartels have been trying to expand their network because of the high demand of this stuff. In Assam also we have destroyed around 15 bighas of poppy cultivation in 2021 so far,” he said.

 The DGP said that contrabands like Yaba tablets have been pushed into the state from the neighbouring country.

Assam police have registered some 269 cases related to narcotics and drug rackets in May alone this year. “From January to May, there were some 618 cases registered and no less than 1008 persons were arrested,” he informed.

The police chief said that the state police have also proposed for a rehabilitation centre management to the state government. He pressed for the need for a change of approach towards the drug addicts by the larger a part of the society.

“The society must be type to youngsters who became addicts. They were just misled and need attention and remedy. But when the society discards them, these misled youths change into criminals and become drug peddlers,” he added.

State police have been also emphasising training its own personnel on the more than a few laws related to narcotics crimes in order that the offenders don’t avail bails from court because of bad FIRs.

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The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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