Guwahati: Assam government has determined to burn the entire narcotics items seized all through the police crackdown in final two months on July 17 and 18. The chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday informed the state meeting house that the burning would be done to send a strong message to the drug racketeers of the region.
“We got information of the availability of drugs in places that we never imagined. From within prison to hospitals, to shops and even people disguising as food delivery persons have been circulating drugs in the state. This public burning will be strong message to those in this unlawful racket. We need to tell them that their trade in the state is over,” Sarma said in the meeting.
Informing that the state has been on its way to transform an ‘Udta Assam’, a state high on drugs, the chief minister said that a drug racket worth around Rs 400 crore is active in the state.
He also informed that the public burning of the seized narcotics items will be held in Diphu, Golaghat on July 17 and in Nagaon and Hojai on July 18.
“In Golaghat 1kilo heroin, 695 kilos of ganja and 2.6lakh contraband tablets, 8 kilos of heroin in Nagaon, 63 grams of heroin in Hojai and a few 10 kilos of heroin in Karbi Anglong will be burnt down. I want the entire members of the house to be present in these programs to encourage Assam police,” he said.
The chief minister also said that the police have merely seized some 20 percent of the complete drugs to be had in the unlawful market.
He said that militant groups with the exception of Ulfa (Independent) were involved in the drugs smuggling racket. “Militant groups apart from Ulfa (I) are found to be involved in this cross border racket. They chose drug addicts and use them for their unlawful activities. We also seek Myanmar government’s help in checking the drugs menace. A coordinated effort amongst the northeastern states also must be built,” Sarma said.
Assam Police have launched a crackdown against unlawful drugs racket ever since Sarma has taken charge as the CM. Since May, state police have arrested over 1897 persons including a couple of drug kingpins while killed one.