Updated 6 Jun 2022, 4:07 pm
The Pangal community of Manipur has pledged to support the government’s campaign to eradicate drugs, ‘War on Drugs 2.0’, during a function held on Monday at Durbar Hall, CM Secretariat in Imphal.
Various religious leaders of the Pangal community, Imams from different parts of the state, announced that they resolved to work towards immediate banning of sale and use of drugs in their respective jurisdictions.
As told by them, a total of 500 Imams of around 350 Masjids, unanimously adopted the resolution in a joint meeting.
They also decided that those who violate the ban on sale and use of drugs will face social boycott and the Imams will not perform any religious acts for such people.
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Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the step taken by the Pangal community to prohibit sale and use of drugs is historic and expressed extreme gratitude to the Imams for taking the giant step towards eradicating drugs from entire Manipur.
Noting the suggestion of the Imams that calling the police in suspected drug cases sometimes end up becoming stumbling blocks, he urged them to specifically inform the Anti-Narcotics cell or himself in such cases.
As suggested by the Imams, the chief minister warranted the public to search vehicles in suspected drug cases if there will be inconveniences in waiting for police to arrive. He, however, appealed not to assault the suspected people in doing so.
The chief minister also assured to set up a rehabilitation centre at Lilong, as demanded by the Imams, to effectively deal with the drug menace.
MLAs Abdul Nasir of Lilong constituency and L Rameshwor of Keirao constituency were also present during the occasion.
First published:6 Jun 2022, 4:07 pm
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