The city police have arrested as many as 119 persons under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Drugs worth lakhs of rupees have been seized in a special drive from August 2-9 against drug peddling and drug-related crimes. A total of 119 cases have also registered.
Twenty-eight persons were also nabbed with illicit liquor, they were later released on bail. The special drive was launched on directions from the top brass in the city police. The police have recovered about 14 kg of intoxicant (Nitrazepam and Alprazolam) in the form of powder, 30 kg of poppy husk, 1 kg marijuana, 800 gm smack and 100 gm of heroin and 27,100 litres of illicit liquor in the drive.
Sources said interrogation of those nabbed had revealed that the kingpin of the whole illegal network of drugs belonged to Kapurthala, and the police have started a manhunt for these. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Sarbjit Singh, said that the drive targeted supply of drugs as other petty crimes like snatchings and loots were also linked to the usage of drugs. “This is just the initial phase of drive to nab drug peddlers and snatchers in city. We have discovered that drugs in the form of powder are the preferred medium of drug supply and consummation these days. The drive will continue."
During the drive, the police have also had to face the wrath of people as kin of some of the arrested alleged the registration of false cases. The DCP, however, rubbished these allegations and said that in such a drive, it was expected that some residents would try to discredit the police and the drive would continue.