As several civil organisations and the public took out a torch rally against alcohol-drugs menace in Manipur, Chief Minister Biren Singh on Monday chaired a meeting of all senior police and law officials regarding war on drugs issues in the state.
The concerned officials have been directed to take up stringent measures to tackle drugs-related issues effectively, the chief minister said.
"Convened a special meeting of all senior police and law officials to discuss some critical matters regarding war on drugs. I have given some very strict instructions for dealing with all drugs related matters," the chief minister tweeted after holding the meeting on Monday.
Hundreds of people, including Meira Paibis, under the banner Poirei Leimarol, AMAWOVA, AMUCO and MSF took out a torch rally against the menace of drugs and alcoholism in the Manipuri society in Imphal on Sunday.
The Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) also held a public meeting Saturday on ‘Nishana Khunnaida Piba Cheitheng Amasung Nupi Angangsingda Chathaba Meewot Meenei Masibu Thingbada Meeyamgi Thoudang’ (The effect of drugs on society, and the role of public in stopping its ill effects on women and children). The meeting was held at Khurai Konsam Leikai, Imphal East.
Meanwhile, the Tengnoupal Battalion seized 4301 grams of brown sugar packed in 99 soap cases, worth around Rs 8.60 crore, IGAR (South) said on Sunday. It said the security personnel also recovered illicit items worth Rs 8.75 lakh on Sunday.
Biren said 1,647 cases related to drugs were registered in the ‘War on Drugs 1.0’, which was launched in the first five years of his term. And, 2,104 persons had been arrested and drugs amounting around Rs 3,212 crore in the international market had been seized, he had mentioned.
And, under the ‘War on Drugs 2.0’ poppy plantations of around 14,000 acres had been destroyed and that the state police had arrested a total of 432 persons, 256 cases had been registered, drugs amounting Rs 818 crore and poppy plantations of 531 acres had been destroyed, Biren said in his I-Day 2022 speech.