NCB to check misuse of drugs during polls
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 15:16
Chandigarh/Panaji: The Narcotics Control Bureau is launching a special drive to check use of drugs and other abusive substances during the upcoming assembly polls especially in Punjab and Goa.

Official sources said the NCB has worked out a special plan to keep an eye on smuggling of narcotics to the poll-bound states. Surveillance has been increased and focus in on human intelligence. NCB has already held meetings with the police of neighbouring states to check transportation of narcotics and other abusive substances.

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi had recently held a meeting with Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) O P S Malik for establishing effective mechanism to check use of narcotics during the polls.

During the meeting, the CEC told NCB to take effective steps to check use of opium and narcotics, especially in Punjab and Goa, during the polls. It also sought stepping up surveillance and sanitising of borders to curb smuggling of drugs and narcotics. This issue was brought to the notice of EC by various political parties.

Sources said while in other states, liquor plays a "major role" during elections, in Punjab the scene is different as narcotics take centre stage. The fear was highlighted by state's Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Sidhu.

"The Commission had received several complaints from different parties fearing misuse of drugs, liquor and money during the polls. The DGP also sent us a report in this regard, which we have forwarded to the EC. We have asked every district to have a plan to check this abuse...," he had said recently in a press conference.

According to officials, drug use in Punjab is quite high. During elections, the movement of opium and other such drugs increases. Punjab has also become a big transit point for narcotics smuggled in from across the border.

The NCB and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence have busted several clandestine deliveries of narcotics in the past. The drugs are usually pushed to New Delhi from Punjab. From the national capital, the drugs are routed to various other points, especially to foreign destinations. Drug cartels are active in Goa too, largely because of it being a tourist destination.


First Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 15:14

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