Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday set on fire pre-trial drugs and psychotropic substances worth Rs 34,12,09,910 in the international market seized by Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) and Manipur Police at Pungdongbam Chingmang in Imphal East.
Biren disposed the drugs in presence of ministers, MLAs, high ranking police officers, media persons, villagers and local leaders.
The contraband items, which were consigned to flames were Heroin powder (2 kg 271 gm 535 mg), Ganja (273 kg 87 gm), 5,80,853 WY tablets, 1,22,696 SP capsules and 530 N-10 tablets. These were seized by NAB, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Noney, Senapati, Imphal West and Imphal East district police.
“The government would terminate the service if anybody from the Manipur Police department is found guilty in drug and psychotropic substance related cases no matter he or she is a relative or a family member, ” Biren said.
He said around 40 departmental enquiries involving police personnel regarding drug related cases are going on.
‘War on Drugs’ is not an idea which is conceptualised recently. He began to feel the need of commencing an effective campaign against intoxicants in mid-90s when he was the editor of a vernacular daily, Biren said.
After he became the chief minister of Manipur, Biren announced to begin ‘War on Drugs’ in 2018 on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on June 26.
The chief minister asserted that it is a committed mission of the present government and nobody can derail it with unfounded criticisms and politically motivated instigations.
Urging different organisations to come up with sincere mind in this regard, he said the government would definitely consider all the valid points and suggestions. He said instead of making fun of the mission, government’s efforts should be acknowledged.
Travelling to most interior areas hiking difficult terrains to destroy poppy plants and convincing villagers to grow alternative cash crops in place of poppy is not an easy task. It needs efforts guided by true conviction, the chief minister said. In this regard, he lauded NAB, Manipur Police, paramilitary forces and all those involved in the War on Drugs. He said destruction of poppy farms would continue until villagers stop growing it.
Regarding daylight robbery of cash and jewellery at Ningombam Lamkhai near Bir Tikendrajit International Airport few days back, the chief minister said culprits involved in the incident had been nabbed, and investigations are going on.
Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh, CAF and PD minister Th. Satyabrata, State Planning Board deputy chairman L. Rameshwor, Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board chairman H. Dingo, MLA, L. Indrajit, Imphal West Adhakshya RK Taruni, Imphal East Adhakshya P. Bimola, DGP LM Khaute and other high ranking officers of Manipur police also attended the function.