Despite the Manipur government taking various steps under the “War on Drugs 2.0” campaign, the number of drugs users is increasing as they are easily available, said Khwairamband Nupi keithel Sinpham Amadi Shaktam Kanba Lup president Keshtrimayum Shanti.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday at Emoinu Keithel (one of the market sheds of Khwairamband Ima Market), Keshtrimayum Shanti said that the state government has been taking various steps to root out drugs from the state. However, due to the easy availability of different drugs in the state, the number of drugs is also increasing and with it, the number of drug users and crimes, she added.
She said that during the day, drug users are seen loitering around the Khwairamband market area while, during night time, they steal the belongings of market vendors.
Volunteers of Kanglei Economic Development Organisation (KEDO) apprehended two drug users on Tuesday and Wednesday while they were trying to steal the belongings of women market vendors and were handed over to the city police station for further actions, she added.
She appealed to the state government to take necessary steps in order to prevent such crimes. Both the drug users have been handed over to a rehabilitation centre, police sources said.