Otherwise a quiet state with low crime rates, Himachal Pradesh (HP) has been witnessing a substantial rise in the number of cases being registered under the Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
In 2014, the state saw a total of 644 cases being registered, with a rate of 9.2 cases per lakh population, making it the state with the fourth highest rate in the country.
Punjab is much ahead of all states with a rate of 50.5 with a total of 14,483 cases, followed by Maharashtra with rate of 12.4. Maharstra however has the highest number with a total of 14,622 cases being registered. Mizoram stands at the third position with a rate of 11.3 with 118 cases. The average rate in India is 3.8.
If we include union territories then HP comes at the fifth spot as Lakshadweep has a rate of 21.5 but has just 17 cases.
In 2013, HP had a rate of 7.7 in NDPS cases which made it the third highest among the states. Punjab had a rate of 51.6 which was highest in the country followed by Mizoram (18.8) which was at the second spot.
In 2012, HP had the third highest with a rate of 7.5 with a total of 513 cases. Here too Punjab was at the top (36.4) and Mizoram (15.2) at second.
In 2011, HP was second among states with the rate of 8.3 with 570 NDPS cases registered. Punjab was at top with a rate of 19.7.
Rise in the number of NDPS cases in HP
HP has been recording a rise in the number of NDPS cases for the last three years. In 2014, there were 644 cases while in 2013 there were 531. There has been a jump of 21.3 %.
In 2013, there was a jump of 3.5 % over 2012.
Director general of police Sanjay Kumar said the increase in the number of registered cases was an indication of law enforcement efforts being carried out by the police department on their own.
It is reflective of marked improvement in detection of cases and recoveries, as the police department is making concerted efforts to tackle the menace and special teams have been formed to prevent inter-state border smuggling of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, he said.
"We have stepped up enforcement to combat the menace and launched a number of campaigns last year, discouraging and destroying cannabis in a large area in various pockets of the state. Now with the harvest season round the corner, we will again act tough on the violators," said Sanjay Kumar.
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