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There is zero tolerance policy towards drugs trade: CM



Stating that the government has adopted zero tolerance policy against drug trafficking, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act are booked on development, and are kept as secret information.

More than 2,000 cases involving drugs have been registered by the police, Sawant told the state legislative assembly, adding that the home department has already moved a proposal to upgrade the Verna-based forensic science laboratory.

“The existing laboratory has limitations and includes no facility to analyse drugs other than charas and ganja,” he said during the question hour of the House, informing that the process for procurement of narcotic standard reference samples has been initiated so as to make the narcotic division of forensic science laboratory fully functional.

St Andre MLA Francis Silveira made a revealing statement in the House that he had informed the police about an ongoing party of students in an apartment in his constituency, where allegedly drugs were being used, but the police informed the students beforehand about their raid, and hence no one was found when the raid happened.

He also revealed that students are found to be using

hills in Dongri, Neura and Mandur villages, as well as beaches at Siridao and Bambolim, all in his constituency, as rendezvous for their narcotic parties.

However, Silveira was forced to withdraw his statement when Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai said that this was a serious allegation, and the St Andre legislator needs to come out with the details of his complaint. 

Sawant, who holds the home portfolio, said the rate of detention is 99.75 per cent, in response to the complaints related to narcotics activities.

He also maintained that the parameters for arrests in such cases need to be modified as the police cannot detain a person, if he or she possesses drugs amounting below certain percentage. 

Stating that the government has adopted zero tolerance policy against drug trafficking, the Chief Minister stated that the cases under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act are booked on development and is secret information.

“The state police personnel collect intelligence through sources about narcotic activities and raids are conducted on suspects indulging in narcotic activities as per the provision laid down under NDPS Act,” he added.

Sawant outright refuted the allegation that there is sale of drugs in the state colleges. He however observed that the parents need to be sensitised on the issue of narcotics.

The Chief Minister appealed to the public to share information about narcotic activities, and assured that raids would certainly be conducted in response to such information.

Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco informed the House that Rs 70,000 are charged for booking a table at a Anjuna-based restaurant, which facilitated availability of desired drugs to the person booking the same.

“Calangute MLA Michael Lobo had shared this information and the place was raided by the police,” he noted.

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