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Imphal, Mar 2 : Political parties staged a sit-in against drug traffickers in front of MPP today. Representatives of MPP, MSCP, CPI (M), AITC, NCP, BSP Shiva Sena, AIFB, JDS and JDU took part in the protest. O. Joy, former MLA said, the deputy HM Gaikhangam’s statements on the seizure of drugs from airport and Chandel incident and removal of SIU was an irresponsible statement.
He does not know whether concerned PS informed the matter to govt. in connection with the incident. Did the state government made laws to curb drug trafficking he asked. The government should take up necessary actions in this connection. He expressed his dissatisfactions as concerned authority did not the real owner of drugs. Why did the personnel of Narcotics fail to know them.
He was of the view that GOI and state govt. should take up measures to ban drug trafficking in Manipur. Dr. M. Nara said, laws became non functional as the laws were not implemented properly It is just like violating state’s laws. He lauded police team for arresting drug traffickers.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the demonstration, senior MPP leader O Joy said that the sit-in protest was organized against the unrestrained drug trafficking in Manipur which has the potentials to imperil future generations in the state. He said, “You have heard about the recent seizure of huge quantity of psychotropic drugs along with six individuals, including Ajay Chowdhury, a Col-rank PRO of Manipur Army at Pallel in Chandel district by police and also you know that there are further large amount of illegal drugs which are yet to be seized in the state.”
He said that it is most likely that several top officials of the state are being engrossed in drug trafficking because of the fact that the law enforcement agencies are often turned out to be incompetent to arrest the kingpins after seizing such contrabands. The MPP stalwart also commented that now the three grave challenges being faced by Manipur are drug trafficking issue, corruption issue and political clash.
He stressed that the issue of drug is very important seeing that once a person is hit by drug abuse then he or she has to lead a painful life. Considering this, the state Government should take a major role in tackling drug menace, Joy suggested and said agency like the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) be assigned to hunt for all the drug cartels in the state.
In addition to this, the Civil Aviation ministry should be urged to keep vigil on the alleged uncontrolled Imphal Airport where most of the drugs seizure incidents are being taken place, he further suggested. Most of the leaders participating at the protest spoke on the issue of drug trafficking in Manipur.
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