The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) have all these years been facing disappointment after every person they arrested with drugs walked scot-free as they failed to prive charges against them.
But the recent rise in the number of convictions under the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) tells a different story.
From April 2010 till today, eight persons involved in seven cases have been convicted. The conviction rate is a matter of contentment for the ANC since in the past years the conviction rate as low as one, and sometimes none, has been lodged with them.
The number of conviction in the past 10 months is much higher compared to the convictions in any given year for the last two decades. Sunil Paraskar, deputy commissioner of police (ANC) said: “On an average, only 3% of cases lead to conviction. Earlier there was delay in the hearings and at times the witnesses turned hostile leading to the delay.”
Even today, witnesses do turn hostile, but there are other factors that have worked in favour of them, Praskar added.
“We do regular follow-up of the case and have made a special team for the job. Proper scrutiny of paper work has also helped us.”
There are four special NDPS courts, which have helped, in early disposal of cases.
On Friday, the special NDPS court convicted Hayatwaris, 30, who was arrested with 21kg of charas. Ansari was sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs1 lakh.
Gaurishankar Nathulal, 45, who was arrested with 120g of cannabis, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs1 lakh last December.
Premsingh Hazarilal Jaiswal, 40, who was arrested with 16kg of charas was convicted in 2010 with 10 years’ imprisonment and Rs1 lakh fine.