Forget sniffer dogs, forensic aid, cops rely on taste to identify drugs

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 31, 2014 14:57 IST

The police personnel of Ludhiana police apparently need no sniffer dogs or chemical examinations for identification of narcotics, for they have started identifying drugs by tasting them.

While the police are required to either send the recovered narcotics to the Forensic Science Laboratory, (FSL) Chandigarh, or identify them using special kits, the Ludhiana police feel the need for none of the two. Besides, the anti-narcotics and anti-liquor smuggling wing has just one of these kits, which is used to test the powder chemically before lodging an FIR.

In a recent recovery, the Division Number 2 police arrested a man named Rahul Kumar alias Lucky of Mohalla Satguru Nagar for allegedly carrying drugs on May 29.

In the FIR lodged in this context, assistant subinspector (ASI) Avtar Singh, who is incharge of Miller Gunj police post, stated that he stopped Kumar near Gill Chowk for checking. Later, he recovered white powder wrapped in a polythene from his pocket.

The ASI added that when he tasted the powder he found it was narcotic powder. Kumar was therefore arrested and a case was registered against him under section 22, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act.

It is pertinent to mention that kin of Kumar have accused the police of implicating him in a false case of drug peddling by showing on record that they recovered 50gm narcotic powder, while he possessed 1gm. Kumar’s wife Sapna claimed her husband was an addict and not a drug peddler.

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