Narco-trade major challenge in J&K: DGP Swain

Jammu, Mar 14: Director General of Police (DGP) R R Swain, Thursday said that narco-trade poses a significant challenge, necessitating a comprehensive approach from law enforcement and security forces. He emphasized the need to tackle this issue from multiple angles for effective management.

“Drug trade is emerging as a major challenge in J&K. It has to be addressed in a proper manner. For that, we need to dig the tunnel from both ends,” the DGP said after inaugurating the Drug De-Addiction and Mental Rehabilitation Centre at Channi-Himmat Jammu.

He said while on one hand police will crack whip on dealers and suppliers by resorting to seizure of properties under UAPA, on the other hand, there is a need to address the issue of demand as well and those demanding the drugs.

“For us the addict is a victim,” he said, adding that dealing with the growing narcotics business in J&K is a tough job but the police are committed to handle it. “The way we dealt with the terror-ecosystem by taking action against those providing shelter, transporting terrorists and giving them other logistic, similar strategies is for those involved in the narcotics business,” he said.

Replying to a query how big a challenge was narcotics trade in J&K, the DGP Swain said that given the fact that J&K is a “border state” which lies on the western side of the country, the huge consignments of drugs like Heroin and Brown Sugar are coming from the neighbouring country.

“Till recent past, there was only challenge of homegrown Charas and involvement was limited. But now the involvement is more as Heroine and Brown Sugar is pushed into this side in a large quantity. This was the case with Punjab and now it is growing here as well. But we will not allow J&K to become Punjab,” he said. “This not a challenge in Karnataka and Telangana as these states aren’t close to borders.”

He said that there are 10 drug de-addiction centres of Police operating at present and some private players also involved in it. “These centers are less compared to the number of addicts,” he said. The DGP said that police will assess where it stands at present and where it will stand in 2025. The DGP advocated a strategy where a coordination needs to be maintained with Punjab as well.    KNO

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