“The attention of the Central Government has been drawn to set up a branch of the Narcotics Control Bureau in Agartala” Chief Minister of Tripura Dr Manik Saha informed this while speaking during the question hour in on going Tripura Assembly Budget Session.
He also added that illegal drugs worth Rs 101 crore 66 lakh 42 thousand 112 have been seized in Tripura in the last 3 years. During this time, 2 thousand 6 people has been arrested in connection with buying and selling of contraband drugs.
In response to questions raised by Treasury Bench MLA Kishore Barman and Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman, Chief Minister Professor (Dr.) Manik Saha said that the Tripura government has taken various steps to find the source of illegal drugs.
He claimed that the SIT under the Tripura Crime Branch has been handed over for investigation of some important NDPS cases to identify the main culprits by uncovering the network, financiers, inter-state links etc of the crimes committed through investigation.
On this day, he said, regular operations are being conducted for the destruction of ganja trees. A proposal is under consideration to purchase a full body scanner to scan vehicles carrying narcotics to detect drugs.
The Chief Minister said that in order to increase the efficiency of investigation of NDPS cases, security forces personnel are being regularly trained in related subjects at the KTDS Police Training Academy in Narsingar.
Anti-drug awareness campaign is being conducted among the general public through regular effort program among school college students and district police, he said.
The chief minister claimed that in the remote areas of Tripura, youths are made aware of the harmful aspects of drug use through sports programs like football, cricket etc.
Parents of drug addicts are encouraged to refer their children to addiction treatment centers. Also civic action programs are organized by police and TSR against drug abuse’ CM said.
He also added that regular meetings are held with Public Prosecutors and Additional Public Prosecutors to ensure that the accused arrested under the NDPS Act do not get bail easily in court.
A close watch is being kept on all the accused who got bail in the NDPS case, he said.