Shimla, July 22
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Himachal Police has sent a proposal to the state government for the establishment of a Narcotics Coordination Center (NCORD) and an Anti-Narcotics Task Force ( ANTF) for the prevention and detection of drug trafficking.
A major challenge
- Drug addiction has become a major challenge in the state
- More than 1,500 cases are registered and more than 2,000 people are detained under the NDPS law each year
- Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had announced on June 26 the creation of an anti-narcotics task force
Drug addiction has become a major challenge in the state as over 1,500 cases are recorded and over 2,000 people are arrested each year under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) of 1985. The use of “Chitta” (adulterated heroin) and the diversion of mind-altering substances have added another dimension to drug trafficking.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had announced on June 26, the International Drug Addiction Day, that an ANTF would be established to create synergy between various law enforcement departments and agencies, such as tax and excise, revenue, forestry, rural and urban development, youth services and sports. departments, the National Drug Controller and the Council of Nasha Nivaran to effectively combat drug addiction.
In addition to the prevention and detection of drug trafficking, the main objectives of the ANTF which will be led by the ADGP (CID) will be to raise public awareness of drug abuse and to ensure effective rehabilitation and coordination with other agencies and organizations.
The ANTF will implement HP’s Integrated Drug Policy, National Drug Demand Reduction Action Plan, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program and Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan, a said ADGP (CID) SP Singh. The state narcotics control cell will be merged with the ANTF and field units will be opened in Una, Mandi and Baddi, he added.
He says a technology support, training and coordination unit, crime and crime database unit and intelligence and enforcement units will also be set up at the CID headquarters. Efforts will be made to create and retain experts in the core team of the ad hoc working group.