Home minister RR Patil came down heavily on the Anti-Narcotics Cell of the Mumbai police after one of its inspectors, Anil Jadhav, was arrested for his involvement in a rave party at Khalapur on Sunday.
Patil ordered Jadhav’s suspension with immediate effect. “We have suspended Anil Jadhav. Any officers found involved in such cases will not be spared,” Patil said on Monday.
At least 290 youngsters, including 60 women, were held and drugs were seized after a raid at the rave party at a resort near the Mumbai-Pune highway. Most of the youth were students between the age group 20-30 years.
Patil pointed out that this was the second incident where a police officer from the anti-narcotics cell was found involved in a narcotics case.
“I have asked for reports and records of all the policemen who function in this cell. Those who have exceeded their tenure and are still functioning in the cell will need to be moved to another department. Only those with a clean track record will stay. We cannot afford to have weak vigilance as drugs can destroy the future of the next generation,” Patil said.
He added that henceforth all appointments to the anti-narcotics cell would take place only after the State Intelligence Department (SID) and the Central Intelligence Department (CID) had scanned their track records.
Patil also said that he had asked the state cell to coordinate with the central government anti-narcotics cell, which is more active as far as flow of information is concerned.