Chandigarh. The Punjab Police on Monday said it has arrested around 6,997 drug peddlers in the state and registered a total of 5,346 FIRs during the ongoing anti-narcotics campaign. Inspector General of Police (Headquarters) Sukhchain Singh Gill said that during the cordon and search operations, around 260 kg of heroin has been recovered by the police from across the state. Apart from heroin, the police have also recovered 300 kg of opium, 197.2 kg of ganja, 293 quintals of stolen poppy and 27.56 lakh tablets, injections and viles of narcotics, he said. Gill said that the police have also recovered Rs 4.49 crore in cash from these smugglers.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday expressed concern over the increase in heroin smuggling from the country’s west coast. He also appealed to the Maharashtra and Goa governments to play an “proactive role” in the fight against drugs, at a meeting of the states of the western region on ‘Drug Trafficking and National Security’ in Gandhinagar. The Union Home Minister had said that in the last eight years, drugs worth Rs 20,000 crore have been seized in the country.
“Heroin smuggling from the west coast has increased and we need to check it,” Shah told the meeting. I congratulate Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Gujarat Police and Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi for doing a commendable job in stopping this activity by conducting several campaigns in coordination with central agencies.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 01, 2022, 01:23 IST