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Achieving Drug-Free Utopia

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By The Editorial Team Updated: Apr 04, 2024 11:03 pm

Successive Nagaland governments have expressed concern over the drug menace in the state and vowed to eradicate it, but we have seen only limited success in this campaign as banned substances continue to flow into the state, besides Dimapur becoming a major transit point, thanks to the proximity of North-East with Myanmar, which is part of the infamous Golden Triangle known for the notoriety of producing opium. However, the war against drugs has gained momentum of late with the state police, under the leadership of Rupin Sharma, Director General of Police (DGP), and the incumbent state government upping the ante in dismantling the drug trafficking network, which is evident in the crackdown on drug traffickers and the renewed effort to catch the big shots. The recent arrest of Bahar Uddin, touted as the kingpin of drug trafficking in north-east India, along with two others, amid the growing concern over the resurgence of drug use among the youth of the state, has not only come as a beacon of hope but also put the law enforcement agency in good light. Though it is just a baby step, it is a significant one. Now, the challenge ahead is tracking the drug cartel and cutting the supply chain. For this, the law enforcement agencies of different states should co-ordinate and share intelligence about drug trafficking, movement of dealers, etc. Only then will the combat against substance abuse see the desired result.

Unfortunately, drug lords are operating illicit activities in the region without being caught, while many small-time dealers land up in jail, pointing to the possible existence of a nexus between law enforcement personnel and the drug mafias, and investigations run short of reaching the main culprits. No wonder Uddin has been involved in the ganja business since 1995 without being caught for nearly three decades, as revealed by the police. This is why his arrest can be considered a game changer, a move that will send chills down the spines of criminals while also sending out a clear message to the public that the state is serious about combating the drug menace. The police, under its chief, Rupin Sharma, deserve praise for this positive change. The crackdown on alcoholics, drug addicts and traffickers among the police personnel is another commendable move. It is also worth acknowledging the government of the day for the simple reason that law enforcement agencies need political backing to take on mafias. Now, the daunting task ahead is to cut the supply chain and hunt down the big shot as well as small-time dealers. To achieve the ultimate goal of a drug-free society, the concerned authorities should remain resolute in the combat against the menace, while civil society and religious organisations can help create awareness. The general public should play its part by staying vigilant and sharing information about traffickers with the police.

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By The Editorial Team Updated: Apr 04, 2024 11:03:15 pm
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