WC-NNPG calls for action on drug peddling, addiction
DIMAPUR — The Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (WC-NNPG) has warned that it will “identify drug kingpins and middlemen at all cost” and take stringent action against them, saying that “extreme crimes demand equal response”.
Expressing anguish over reports of adolescent school and college-going students getting addicted to sunflower drug and its easy availability in every corner of Dimapur as well as other towns, the group said the nightmare of parents, be it in Nagaland or other Naga areas, is palpable with thousands “losing their children to drug addiction”.
‘A drowsy generation cannot understand the past. It cannot grasp the present; it will always lack the desire and commitment to stand and defend Nagaland against political rhetoric, economic exploitation, social injustice, suppression and destruction of inherent traditions and customs,’ read the press release.
‘At this most dangerous hour, the larger picture suggests Nagaland’s indigenous attributes, which forms the nucleus of Naga historical and political identity, is deliberately being targeted to ensure demographic destruction. There is a famed adage, ‘Beware of the fifth column’. The attack from within through destructive policies is most dangerous. Are there drug-lords sitting comfortably somewhere nearby under the guise of Naga Nationalism and deliberately pushing in sunflower drugs into Nagaland? Is there a policy to incapacitate and destroy the youth of Nagaland? Indeed WC-NNPG strongly feels a nefarious network is at work,’ it added.
In this regard, the WC-NNPG, a conglomerate of seven Naga political groups, “unanimously endorsed a strong measure to deal with those remorselessly destroying Naga society. Those national workers indulging in drug use or peddling will be dealt stringently”.
While appreciating Nagaland Police Chief Rupin Sharma and his subordinates for trying their best to control the drug menace in the state, it said the “idea must be to dig and cut the roots, then branches instead of plucking the leaves”.
It went on to request all the tribal hohos, apex civil societies and general public for support and co-operation on the uphill task of tackling the drug menace.