Calling it a campaign against drug menace ahead of the panchayat election in the state, Mansa police have booked 88 people under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act this month.
SSP Narinder Bhargav on Sunday said 415kg poppy husk, 500gm smack, 500gm opium, 20,160 capsules and 340-litre country-made liquor had been seized since April 1 by 10 police stations and four check posts in the district. Besides, other drugs had also been seized from the accused, he added.
Bhargav said, "We have taken considerable steps ahead of the coming panchayat election. Not only have we increased surveillance but are also making people part of the campaign."
He said, "We have decided to make the panchayat elections free of drugs with the help of village panchayats and prominent personalities. We will try to identify the possible criminals and will keep a tab on their activities. We want to send out a message to the people ahead of the polls."
The Mansa police have also increased surveillance on the trains coming from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra that are used by drug peddlers to bring drugs into the Malwa region. Medical shops are also on the radar of the police.
These 88 people were arrested in 82 different cases registered for smuggling of drugs.
Bhargav said, "I have told SHOs to make a list of such people in their areas who have indulged in this illegal trade in the past. Now some migrants have also entered drug smuggling in the Malwa region. Many people arrested during the campaign belong to Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Rajasthan."
He said, "We have not only increased the presence of police at night but have also been keeping a close eye on the hidden paths through agricultural fields apart from the routine routes of drug peddlers through link roads in border-sharing districts."
"We have sealed our border with Haryana and are getting good results. The border will remain sealed during the panchayat election. We have also been rotating the police personnel deployed on check posts that share a border with Haryana," said Bhargav.
"If we are successful in our mission to keep drugs away from the panchayat election, it would be a big success in Mansa district which is perceived as the most drug-affected district in the state," said Bhargav.