Over 1,200 arrested during anti-drug drive in Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 22:27 IST

The Punjab police have arrested 1,243 persons and seized huge quantity of narcotics during a nine-day drive against drug menace in the state.

"As many 1,181 FIRs were registered during the drive between May 23 and May 31. It also seized 83,634 pills/capsules, 2,305 kg poppy husk, 36 kg opium, 32.5 kg smack, 10.47 kg heroin and 8 kg cocaine," said a police spokesman.

On Monday, four persons, including 2 Pakistani nationals, were arrested in Amritsar, the spokesman added.

"Since June 1, the district police chiefs are closely monitoring the availability of drugs in their respective areas," he said.

"The anti-drug drive started by the police since 2014 has broken the drug retail network in the state. The police have adopted a two-pronged strategy that focuses on complete eradication of remnants of peddling in close-knit circles and intercepting trans-border transit consignments. The objective is to ensure no availability of drugs in the state," said the spokesman.

"There have been no reports about new consumers or peddlers indulging in drug trade in the last one year while the availability of drugs has been controlled," he said.

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