The Chattishgarh government has decided to take stringent action against those involved in unauthorised trade and smuggling of narcotic drugs in the state, official sources said today.
The state has given specific directions to effectively control and prevent illegal smuggling of these drugs by keeping a tab on unauthorised dealers and traders, they said.
Orders have been given to officials to set up check posts on inter-state highways to keep a check on those trading and smuggling narcotic and psychotrophic substances like ganja and afeem. Strict action will be taken against those found in possession of narcotic drugs, official sources said.
Officials of concerned departments of the state and the central government will work together to check the smuggling of drugs, they said.
From January 2010 to April 2010, 122 cases involving narcotics have been filed and 153 accused have been arrested, officials said.
Neighbouring states like Orissa and Andhra Pradesh have been smuggling drugs to the tribal state in large quantities.
In spite of so many arrests, smuggling of narcotic drugs including brown sugar have been on a rise.