Margao: In order to counter the drugs menace, South Goa police have focused on a multi-pronged strategy of conducting raids and booking cases besides holding regular awareness drives in schools and colleges to sensitise youngsters about the ill-effects of drugs.
As many as 44 cases have been booked under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 in South Goa for the first six months of this year.
Out of the 44 cases, the Margao police booked highest number of 11 cases while 9 cases were booked by Vasco and 4 by Ponda police, 3 cases each were booked by Colva, Fatorda, Canacona, and Verna police while 2 cases were booked by Cuncolim, 1 case each was registered by Maina-Curtorim, Quepem, Curchorem, and Sanguem police stations.
South Goa police stations had booked in all 52 cases from January to June in 2018. Out of the 52 cases, the Margao police had booked 11 cases while 11 cases were booked by Vasco police and 13 by Ponda police. Colva, Fatorda, Canacona and Verna police had booked 3 cases each, 2 cases were booked by Cuncolim police, while 1 case each was booked by Curchorem, Sanguem and Collem police stations.
South Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas said that after taking cognizance of drugs cases they have intensified the drive and it will continue and police will take stern action against drug peddlers.
“We have also send letters to several educational institutions to provide information and response from the authorities is expected,” he said.
The total number of drugs cases booked by police stations in South Goa in 2018 was 77 of which all were detected. In the year 2017, in all 60 such cases were booked by police in south Goa. The highest number of cases was booked by Margao police which was 17 cases followed by 16 by Ponda police, 12 by Vasco police, and 6 each by Colva and Canacona.
Besides this, 4 cases were booked by Verna, 3 each by Cuncolim, Fatorda, and Curchorem while 2 each by Maina-Curtorim, and Collem police stations. 1 each case was booked by Quepem, Sanguem, and Mormugao police.
The above figures indicate that there was a spurt in number of drugs cases in Margao, Ponda, Vasco, Colva, Canacona etc in South Goa in 2018.
Till November 11, 2018, 71 cases were booked under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 which went up to 77 by December 2018. In the year 2017 during same period, police had booked only 41 cases.
Police records show that from 2012 till August 17, 2017, South Goa police had booked only 56 cases under NDPS Act and had arrested 61 persons. However, in the year 2018, police booked 77 cases. Police records show that since the year 2012, cases were booked every year and charge-sheets were filed but number of the cases booked was less however in year 2018, the number of cases booked had jumped four-fold.
Police records also show that in the year 2012 South Goa police had booked only 12 cases under NDPS Act while in the year 2013, 4 cases were booked, in the year 2014, South Goa police had booked 6 cases and in the year 2015, 8 cases were booked while in the year 2016, South Goa police had booked 13 cases which jumped to 60 in 2017 and 77 in the year 2018.
Further Margao police from the year 2012 till August 17, 2017 had booked only 16 cases while Maina-Curtorim police during this period booked only 2 cases and arrested 3 persons. Colva police booked 2 cases and arrested 2 persons while Cuncolim police booked 1 case and arrested 1 person, Quepem police booked 2 cases and arrested 3 persons in six years while Canacona police booked 10 cases and arrested 10 persons.
Vasco police have booked 10 cases and arrested 12 persons, Mormugao police have booked 1 case and arrested 1 person while Ponda police have booked 12 cases and arrested 12 persons. Number of the persons arrested from 2012 till August 2017 were 61 while number of cases booked are 56.
Senior citizen Ulhas Kerker however said that there is an argument that a strong police commitment to aggressive narcotics law enforcement will strengthen the community’s resolve to deal with the problem. Lack of manpower, poor drug detection training and some avoidable procedural delays may be hampering the effectiveness of the drug prevention efforts and suggested that increase in funding for specialised training of police professionals dealing with drug detection and investigation may help to resolve the issue, he added.