Arresting UP-based drug kingpins a ‘tough job’ for Uttarakhand police
Drug kingpins supplying narcotics to Uttarakhand are mostly based in Uttar Pradesh and arresting them becomes tough unless intelligence inputs on their movements are provided to the police of the neighbouring state, an inspector said, pointing out difficulties in fighting the menace.dehradun Updated: Jul 22, 2018 21:58 IST
Drug kingpins supplying narcotics to Uttarakhand are mostly based in Uttar Pradesh and arresting them becomes tough unless intelligence inputs on their movements are provided to the police of the neighbouring state, an inspector said, pointing out difficulties in fighting the menace.
The Uttarakhand high court recently pulled up officials of the narcotics control bureau and the special task force (STF) of the state police for only arresting drug peddlers, not the kingpins.
The officials told the court about the challenges and limitations they were facing in checking drug abuse and narcotics smuggling into the state. Many ground-level police officials also pointed out difficulties in arresting drug kingpins based in UP.
“Police are serious about curbing the menace in the state, which is destroying the youth, especially school- and college-going students. It is easy to ask us when kingpins will be arrested, but reaching to them is not that easy. There are many hindrances,” said the inspector posted as a station house officer at a police station in Dehradun.
“Everybody in the department fighting the drug menace knows that the poison is supplied from sources in UP where we don’t have jurisdiction,” he said on condition of anonymity.
One more problem is that many addicts have become drug suppliers to earn money to buy narcotics for their consumption, he said. “When we catch them, they are not able to tell us much about the kingpins. They only say they bought the drug from the suppliers in the state, expressing ignorance about the sources in UP or Himachal Pradesh.”
Police data shows that 573 cases have been registered in the state under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act from January 1 to May 31 and 589 accused arrested for possessing narcotics. Last year, 1,037 cases were registered and 1,091 accused arrested.
“Police in other states are generally hesitant to put their hands on the kingpins because they have links with influential people,” the SHO claimed. “Unless we provide them (police in other states) concrete evidence, they will not nab them despite knowing everything.”
Senior superintendent of police, STF, Riddhim Aggarwal said the department’s plans to nab the kingpins will be implemented after the kanwar fair is over.
“Nabbing the kingpins requires strong intelligence inputs, including keeping a vigil on their movements. Police can arrest them when they are caught red-handed with narcotic drugs,” Aggarwal said. “Co-ordination with the neighbouring state police will be enhanced by sharing substantial inputs with their top officials on the kingpins operating from there.”
First Published: Jul 22, 2018 21:58 IST