Agencies apprehend possible increase in drug trafficking: CWG
New Delhi: With the Commonwealth Games
approaching, the country`s anti-narcotics agencies expect
large amounts of narcotics and recreational drugs to pour into
Delhi in time for the sporting extravaganza.
Official sources said field units across the country are
keeping a hawk eye on known drug cartels for signs of unusual
activity especially along the traditional smuggling routes
across the India-Pakistan border.
The presence of thousands of athletes and lakhs of
additional tourists and spectators in the capital during and
after the Games is expected to create a huge demand for
recreational drugs and hard drugs. This incentive is expected
to spur drug traffickers into hectic activity.
India has traditionally been a transit point for
Pakistan-originating narcotics for onward shipment to
countries in Europe and Southeast Asia, but the crowds
expected for the Games will provide a ready market for local
sale of drugs.
"We are keeping a close watch. Our intelligence officers
have been asked to look out for tell-tale signs of increase in
narcotics activity," a source said. "As the Games draw closer
our surveillance will increase."
He said various agencies like Narcotics Control Bureau,
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Border Security Force and
Customs will work together to check narcotics related activity
during the games period.
Apart from heroin, the bulk of the demand is expected to
be for party drugs like ecstasy and `Malana cream`, a superior
variety of marijuana grown in an illicit manner at Malana in
Himachal Pradesh`s Kulu valley.
The sources said though there was no specific input about
bumper cops of marijuana being sown just for the Commonwealth
Games, "but Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are always
on our radar. We are keeping a close vigil on the illicit
Enforcement apart, the agencies are also planning an
awareness campaign "to sensitise people about the harmful
effects of narcotics, new age drugs and amphetamine-based
stimulants that have hit the market," a source said.
Even at normal times India is known to be a huge importer
and consumer of illicit drugs. If the World Drug Report
released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is to
be believed, "India is the highest consumer of heroin in South
Asia and also appears to be producing its own opium poppy,
which is the raw material for heroine."
India consumed 17 metric tonnes of heroine in 2008 and
current opium consumption is estimated at 65-70 mt per year.
According to the UN report, cannabis remains the most
widely produced and consumed illicit substance globally, but
synthetic drugs like amphetamine-type stimulants are now the
second most commonly used drug, ahead of cocaine and opiates.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- One year of Modi govt: PM promises to fulfil aspirations
- Watch: Mumbai cops find new secret agents in housewives!
- Hundreds die as heat wave continues in India
- 2G scam: Ex-TRAI chief alleges Manmohan Singh had warned him to cooperate
- Pranab Mukherjee defends Bofors scam, says it was just a media trial
- Salman Khan attends sister Arpita's wedding reception in Mandi
- Zee Media's mega survey on Modi govt
- Zee Media Exclusive: Vidya Balan chats about 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'
- Para athlete Deepa Malik complains of callous service by Air India
- Smriti Irani visits Amethi, promises to pay insurance money to 25,000 women
- I eat beef, can somebody stop me?: Kiren Rijiju hits back at Naqvi
- One year of Modi govt: Amit Shah addresses media
- Delhi: Visually impaired boy scores 91.4% in CBSE 12th Board exams
- MP: 14-year-old boy works as bonded labour since 2009
- BBV: What challenges lie ahead of Modi govt?
- One year of NDA govt: PM Modi writes open letter to nation, promises to transform India
- Arpita-Aayush wedding reception: Salman Khan spreads love in Mandi, says `hum aapke hain`
- World optimistic about India: PM Narendra Modi on 1 year of NDA govt
- MSBSHSE Class 12th HSC results 2015 to be declared at 1pm tomorrow
- Bharatiya Janata Party lacks majority for Ram Temple, Article 370: Amit Shah
- CBSE Class 10 Board Result 2015 (cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in) postponed?
- Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at one year of Modi govt, wishes 'happy birthday' to 'suit-boot ki sarkar'
- CBSE Class 10 Board Result 2015 to be announced on May 28
- Check mahresult.nic.in for MSBSHSE Maharashtra Class 12 HSC Result 2015
- AAP govt moves resolution against MHA notification: As it happened
- Maharashtra MSBSHSE HSC Result 2015 on mahresult.nic.in
- Heatwave kills 90 more in Andhra, Telangana; toll crosses 800
- Gujjars adamant on holding talks in Bayana; rail tracks remain blocked
- CBSE 10th result to be declared tomorrow
- I was misquoted, says Kiren Rijiju on 'beef' remark