Panjim: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has directed the police to tighten the noose around drug traffickers/peddlers as the government is committed to eradicating the drug menace in the State.
The CM, in a meeting to take stock of police functioning, also asked the Police Department to continue the crackdown on traffic violations.
“He had called officers to get an update on the functioning of different units in the Police Department. The work of the anti-narcotics cell, economic offences cell, and other units during the three months period were discussed,” an officer, who was a part of the meeting told Herald. “He has asked to continue to strive against drugs and traffic violations,” he added.
The meeting was attended by IGP Jaspal Singh, SPs Kartik Kashyap, Chandan Choudhary and Shekhar Prabhudesai among others. A senior officer said that the narcotics scene in the State has got a new challenge in the form of locally grown ‘weed’ or ‘ganja’ smuggled into the State.
“The locally grown weed or ganja in the State is pushed at parties but we have increased surveillance due to which the number of cases have tripled this year,” the officer said.
He said that the current seizures have established the fact that the locally grown weed is supplied from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Odisha.
The police have registered 103 cases between January and June 18, 2018 compared to 37 cases registered during corresponding period last year. [H]