State has third highest rate of illegal drug cases

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Jul 31, 2014 19:52 IST

Himachal Pradesh has the third highest rate of cases registered in 2013 under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, reveals the latest National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) report. A total of 531 cases under the NDPS were registered in the state last year, the report states.

Among all states, Himachal Pradesh (HP) is ranked third with the total number of incidents per lakh population accounting for 7.7. According to NCRB figures, Punjab has a rate of 51.6, which is highest in the country, followed by Mizoram (18.8), which is at the second spot. If one includes union territories, then HP would be ranked fourth.

In 2012, HP had the third highest rate of 7.5 among states with a total of 513 NDPS cases. Punjab was ranked first (36.4) and Mizoram (15.2) was ranked second. In 2011, HP was at the second spot with a rate of 8.3 (570 NDPS cases). Punjab was at the first spot with a rate of 19.7.

Meanwhile, director general of police Sanjay Kumar said the increase in the number of registered cases was an indication of marked improvement in detecting and tackling anti-social elements.

He said the police department was on alert to tackle the menace with special teams having been formed to prevent inter-state border smuggling of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

"We have stepped up enforcement to combat the menace by increasing vigil and zeroing in on those involved in NDPS cases. Besides, to discourage cannabis plantations in various pockets of the state time and again, a cannabis destruction drive was initiated to uproot cannabis plantations," added Kumar.

Narco-tourism in Malana Valley

The Malana Valley in Kullu district is notorious for the cultivation of international quality marijuana (commonly known as cannabis) and is famous for narco-tourism. Known for its 'malana cream,' it is a haven for international drug peddlers. Though the police take efforts to destroy cannabis plantations, there seems to be no end to this illegal trade.

According to police sources, Shimla district alone had small timers operating in the illegal drug trade. Several production houses of charas had been traced in the pockets of Chopal, Nerwa, Theog, Chirgaon, Anni here. Supplies of illegal medicines that had entering the district were largely from Haryana and partly from Punjab, informed police sources.

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