Drug trade takes roots in Kangra

  • Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2014 20:43 IST

With the cops in neighbouring Punjab continuing to crackdown on drug vendors, the drug cartels have now taken Himachal route to spin money through the illicit trade. The recent drug hauls confiscated by Himachal police- particularly in Kangra district which shares border with Punjab has revealed how drug mafia in the neighbouring state has spread its tentacles to the hill- state.

During one-month special drive launched by Kangra police from May 25 to June 25 against synthetic drugs and narcotics trade, the cops sized at least 6.1 kilogram of charas, 100,00 millilitre of banned rexcof cough syrup and 5600 capsules of spasmo-proxivan plus.

Eight cases were registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPC) Act during the one-month drive.

According to police, the traffickers from the neighbouring state have teamed up with local drug dealers in the region as in most of the cases cracked by district police the drug was being smuggled into Himachal from Punjab.

“In a big haul, the police seized 5 kilogram of drug from the possession of a Bihar resident near Kangra town on June 22,” said a police official.

During investigation, it was revealed that the drug consignment was smuggled from Ludhiana and was to be supplied to local drug dealer in Kangra. The accused arrested had also told the police that he was a frequent visitor to Kangra and had supplied drugs to local drug dealers on many occasions.

Earlier, in second week of June, the police had recovered 1.1 kilogram of charas from a person near Dharamsala town. It was learnt that the consignment was smuggled from Punjab. Besides, the police seized 265 bottles of banned rexcof cough syrup on June 28 at Indora, while in May this year, as many as 6,730 bottles of cough syrup was recovered from a medical store in Nurpur during a raid.

Apart from it, 9,000 capsules of spasmo-proxivan were also seized from medical store. Both Indora and Nurpur town are near Punjab.

This year alone, the police have registered 26 cases under NDPS Act in Kangra district. The police findings have revealed that drug mafia has made inroads into both urban and rural areas of the district, especially bordering areas and traffickers target the school-going children from affluent families.

But containing the illicit drug trade is not so easy for the police. According to sources, it is only because of the personal commitment of some cops that they catch hold of the illegal drug dealers.

Recently, a local youth from bordering area of Una district died following an overdose of drugs leading to political furore, as the people had staged a massive protest demanding action against the drug mafia active in the region.

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