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Punjab Police cracks down on drug peddlers in state, arrests 513 traffickers in a fortnight

ANI | Updated: Nov 14, 2022 23:57 IST

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], November 14 (ANI): Amid the war against drugs launched on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police have arrested 513 drug smugglers across the state in last two weeks.
Around 406 first information reports (FIRs) were registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
"Police have also recovered 42.36 Kg Heroin, 18Kg opium, 12 Kg Ganja, 9 quintals of poppy husk, and 74k tablets/capsules/injections/vials of Pharma opioids besides recovering Rs 14.80 lakh drug money from their possession," Inspector General of Police (IGP) Headquarters Sukhchain Singh Gill, said in a press briefing.
"46 more Proclaimed Offenders (POs)/Absconders in NDPS cases arrested in the last two weeks, the total number of arrests reached 429 since the special drive to arrest POs/absconders was started on July 5, 2022," he added.
It is pertinent to mention that the Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab Gaurav Yadav had instructed all the CPs/SSPs to investigate backwards and forward linkages minutely in each and every case, especially related to drug recoveries, even if they recover a meagre amount of drugs.
Meanwhile, on the direction of Chief Minister Punjab Bhagwant Mann to make Punjab a drug-free state, extensive anti-drug drives have been launched by the Punjab Police to combat the menace of drugs from the border State. The DGP has also strictly ordered all the CPs/SSPs to identify all hotspots where drugs are prevalent and all top drug smugglers in their jurisdictions. He also directed the Police chiefs to effectively forfeit the property of all the arrested drug smugglers so that their ill-gotten money could be recovered. (ANI)