Amidst the continuing decisive struggle towards medication waged on the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab Bhagwant Singh Mann to root out the menace of medication from the state, Punjab Police have arrested 302 drug smugglers/suppliers after registering 221 first info experiences (FIRs), together with 34 business, below the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act throughout the state within the final week.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Headquarters Sukhchain Singh Gill, whereas addressing a Press Conference right here on Monday, stated that the Police have additionally recovered 24.08-Kg Heroin, 10-Kg opium, 1.57 quintals of poppy husk, and 1.05 lakhs tablets/capsules/injections/vials of Pharma opioids in addition to recovering Rs 20.72 Lakh drug cash from their possession.
IGP Sukhchain Singh Gill stated that because the state authorities has enforced a three-pronged technique— Enforcement, Prevention and Rehabilitation— to eradicate medication from the state, Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann throughout his latest evaluate assembly with all of the senior officers of Punjab Police had directed all of the CPs/SSPs to enter the sphere and do public conferences at village ‘Saths’ to get the first-hand-information, which is able to assist in stopping the crime and eradicate drug menace.
He stated that CPs/SSPs have been additionally instructed to extend consciousness actions towards medication, maintain small flag marches of their jurisdictions and maintain periodic conferences with the outstanding individuals of the society. Pertinently, Punjab Police organised a minimum of 175 consciousness occasions towards medication together with 13 massive occasions to sensitise folks about unwell results of medication.
The IGP stated that the Punjab Police has been selling and creating consciousness about part 64a of the NDPS act, which gives alternative to a drug client—caught with a number of grams of heroin or narcotic powder— for rehabilitation. “There is a misconception among the public that section 64a would have long-term implications. But the fact is any drug consumer caught with a small quantity of drugs has the opportunity to voluntarily seek to undergo medical treatment for de-addiction, and there will be no long-term implications, ” he stated.
As a part of the technique, the Chief Minister has additionally directed to switch of the decrease rank police officers, who’ve been posted on the similar seat for a very long time to interrupt the doable nexus, he stated, whereas including that district chiefs have already been instructed to make checklist of such police officers. He stated that the Chief Minister has additionally restrained CPs/SSPs and different discipline officers to take their sub-ordinate workers together with them on their transfers.
To give attention to hardcore criminals, the IGP stated that the federal government has additionally determined to classify the POs below three classes together with Category A whereby punishment is greater than 10 years, Category B whereby punishment is greater than 7 years and Category C whereby punishment is lower than 7 years.
He stated that by taking strict motion towards extortion calls, Punjab Police have registered as many as 130 FIRs and arrested 117 accused individuals concerned in extortion calls, which led to lower in extortion calls within the state.
Meanwhile, with 10 extra Proclaimed Offenders (POs)/Absconders in NDPS circumstances arrested within the final week, the full variety of arrests reached 1186 because the particular drive to arrest POs/absconders was began on July 5, 2022.