NCB destroys 2.3 tonnes seized drugs

The drugs had been seized over the last few years by the Mumbai zonal office of the NCB, reports G Mohiuddin Jeddy.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 19:59 IST

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday, destroyed 2.3 tonnes of drugs worth over Rs 3,000 crore in the international market. The drugs had been seized over the last few years by the Mumbai zonal office of the NCB.

The NCB used the safe and environmentally friendly incinerator of a solid waste management facility of Mumbai Waste Management Ltd, site at Taloja, for the purpose.

The huge quantity of drugs that included heroin, hashish, mandrax tablets, metha powder and ganja were destroyed under the supervision of KC Verma, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau.

The large quantity of drugs required the presence of DG Narcotics as per law. The drugs had been seized in the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Madhya Pradesh.

The drugs were destroyed using the incinerator at the site. Said Arun Aggarwal, COO of Mumbai Waste Management Ltd, "This facility has been developed as per the requirements of the law to prevent pollution. The technology has been imported and this is a very safe method of disposing such toxic commodities."

Giving details of the drugs destroyed, DG KC Verma said, "These seizures were made under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985. The seizures are spread from over 6 months to probably 4 years back and include pre-trial cases.The seizures were made in the areas of Maharashtra, Goa and Madhya Pradesh."

Claiming that the value of the drugs destroyed could not really be ascertained as their destruction would save hundreds of lives, Verma said that recent surveys showed that a large populace in the country is addicted to drugs. "As a percentage, the figure might be negligible, but the actual figures are worrying. We are doing our best to contain drug trafficking and through such publicised destruction of drugs we want to create awareness in the society."

The DG, however, conceded that the seizures are miniscule as compared to the quantity of drugs coming into the country. "The actual seizures range from 10 per cent-15 per cent in some areas to 30 per cent to 40 per cent in other areas." informed Verma.

The DG felt that the drug laws prevailing in the country are strict enough. "The laws are there and there is not much need for change. What is required is their implementation and also awareness amongst the people. There is the matter of resources with the Drug enforcement agencies which needs to be looked into," said Verma.

He refused to divulge the areas where the resources need to be upgraded though saying, "I'll discuss this with my bosses."

First Published: Nov 08, 2006 19:59 IST