To contain the ‘re-circulation’ of seized drugs from police maalkhanas and other storage places, the state will soon have centralised maalkhanas with well-equipped security features and under the supervision of SP Investigation.
This was announced by Punjab director general of police (DGP ) Suresh Arora on Thursday, who was here to supervise the disposal of 2300 kgs of seized drugs.
“There is a perception that seized drugs which are kept at the police stations are being misused by the cops but I must say that all policemen are not corrupt,” he said.
“But because of the accusations being raised, it has been decided that there would be centralised drug maalkhanas at important districts of the state. These warehouses would be under the supervision of SP Investigation,” he said.
This disposal drive which is being carried out for past ten days is being monitored by the drug disposal committee of the Punjab Police and poppy husk, heroin, smack, ganja, charas and various pills and capsules have been burnt at the Khanna Paper mill incinerators.
“As per the Supreme Court directions, the disposal of narcotic drugs, psychotropic and controlled substances has to be done under the supervision of the drug disposal committee,” DGP Arora told mediapersons.
“The heads have to supervise the process of destruction to the extent that these seized drugs do not get into re-circulation in the market. The disposal of the stocks will definitely reduce the availability of these drugs in the market,” he said.
Talking about revamping Punjab police structure after the terrorists attacks in Punjab, he said, “In Pathankot, AIG counter intelligence post and SP operation post have been created. High tech naka’s are being laid there and also CCTV cameras have been installed at sensitive locations. In Amritsar, IG counter intelligence post has been created.”