93 FIRs, 136 arrests; Peddlers not kingpins targeted, drug lords still making money

Vishal Sharma

Tightening noose around drug mafia, Jammu police has so far lodged 93 FIRs under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and made 136 arrests.

Though this is not something which could be termed as breaking the backbone of drug mafia but police officers claim that they have been making sincere efforts to get to the root of the problem. “We will break the back of drug mafia. Our efforts will bear fruits but we request the people to expect from police stringent action against drug mafia but restrain from over-expectations,” said an official.

Amid this claim, drug trafficking cases have witnessed a steep rise since 2014 in Jammu despite  launching operation ‘Sanjeevani’ and running four drug de-addiction centers.  Though the police claims to tighten noose over drug peddlers and even number of peddlers were arrested by team ‘ANANDD’ (Anti-Narcotic & Drugs) under operation ‘Sanjeevani’, but unfortunately the menace is showing a rising trend and the drugs de-addiction centers functioning in state are proving inefficient.

According to official records, 93 FIRs under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) have been lodged in the first six months of year 2016 besides 136 arrests have also been made against these FIRs. While in 2015; a total of 99 FIRs were registered in the entire year under NDPS Act in which 163 arrests have been made. Comparatively, current year is witnessing increased drug trafficking then the last year which shows that despite formulation of team ‘ANANDD’ for tightening of noose over drug mafia, the drug peddlers are continuously carrying out their illegal trade.

During the last six months; a huge haul of drugs was also seized from drug peddlers in Jammu district which included 21.8 Kg Heroin (Chitta), 3 Kg Brown Sugar, 32 Kg Charas, 57Kg Ganja, 105 Kg Poppy Straw, 25000 capsules, 2000 Bottle Corex syrup, 107 Kg Opium and 85 Bottle Fenadryl cough syrup. In the year 2014, the number of FIRs registered under NDPS Act was 63 with 85 arrests while in 2013; just 60 FIRs were registered under NDPS Act with only 79 arrests.

Figures are enough to understand that how the drug trafficking has shown a steep rise after the year 2014. On being asked, SP Headquarters R.C.Kotwal, who is also Nodal Officer of team ‘ANANDD’ he said that police is working round the clock to curb drug mafia and its trafficking in Jammu for which team ‘ANANDD’ has been formulated under operation Sanjeevani.

He further said that the even a 5 bedded drug de-addiction centre is being run exclusively by Jammu and Kashmir police at Gulshan ground where free of cost counseling and medicines are being provided to the drug addicts for their revival.

“Centre was started in March 2013 and has cured a total of 2257 drug addicts till May 2016 including female addicts too which itself shows that police is working on multi dimensionally i.e. on one hand is saving innocents from drug mafia and sellers by foiling drug smuggling bids and on the other hand by reviving those who have become addict at drug de-addiction centre free of the cost” he added.

He claimed that all the senior police officers including Inspector General (IG) of Police Danish Rana and SSP Jammu Sunil Gupta are much concerned over the drug trafficking and are leaving no stone unturned to curb this.

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