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Excise dept. notifies penalty for illegal dealing in drugs

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By EMN Updated: Jun 25, 2021 10:53 pm
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Dimapur, June 25 (EMN): In commemoration of the “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” on June 26, Nagaland State Excise, under the aegis of UNDCP and NCB, has notified consequences for illegal dealings in drugs.

In a notification, the commissioner of Excise and Prohibition, Hotolu Swu, informed that illegal dealing in drugs including sale, possession, transaction, transportation, export, import inside India or from outside is prohibited and punishable under NDPS Act 1985, with punishment ranging from 10 to 20 years imprisonment and with fine from INR 1 lakh to INR 2 lakh or with both.

It stated that allowing premises, warehouse, godown, vehicles, or use of any kind of conveyance would be liable for confiscation to the state under NDPS Act with punishment ranging from 10 to 20 years imprisonment and with fine from INR 1 lakh to INR 2 lakh or with both.

It also stated that concealing of narcotic drugs in any form by goods, things or any items would be liable for confiscation to the state with punishment ranging from 10 to 20 years imprisonment and with fine from INR 1 lakh to INR 2 lakh or with both.

It mentioned that NDPS Act ‘85 also prescribed stringent punishment to the extent of “death penalty” for repeated offences committed either in India or abroad.

The notification further stated that any property, assets movable or immovable, bank accounts/ bank balances acquired or derived from drug money by either spouse, family members/ associates, friends are liable for attachment to the state and “freezed” bank accounts/ bank balances under NDPS Act.

Hotulu stated that the Nagaland Excise department, responsible for supply reduction of drugs, is keeping strict vigil round the clock to check illegal trafficking of drugs in the state with all its available resources.

On the auspicious occasion, the Nagaland Excise department appealed to the people of the state and all organisations, NGOs working in the related field to put concerted efforts to eradicate the dreaded drug menace and affirmed not to harbour any drug traffickers/ peddlers in any form directly or indirectly but to immediately report any incident of commission of offence under NDPS Act taking place or likely to place in their locality or neighbourhood to the Excise department.

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By EMN Updated: Jun 25, 2021 10:53:22 pm