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Guwahati: The role of insurgent groups of Manipur coupled with inhospitable terrain in the interstate borders — with Manipur and Nagaland — are Assam’s prime challenges to completely stop drug supply to the state.
Sources in Assam police said the insurgent groups such as Kuki National Army in Manipur use the hostile terrain near and along the borders, which are almost devoid of any village or human inhabitation, for drug smuggling and poppy cultivation. They added that the drugs, pumped into the state through the Indo-Myanmar border, are smuggled to Manipur and Nagaland.
“The smugglers use two routes to enter Assam. Either they enter Assam’s Karbi Anglong from Manipur via Dimapur in Nagaland or they use the route from Manipur to Cachar in Assam’s Barak valley and then enter Guwahati via Meghalaya,” sources said.
However, the Assam police have claimed a significant decline in drug supply to the state as it waged a war against it after the chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma-led state government took over in May last year.
Special director general of police (law & order) GP Singh said as many as 2,222 drug related cases have been registered and 3,818 drug smugglers and peddlers have been arrested between May 10 last year and February 13 this year. Chargesheets have been filed in around 90% of the cases. Police have also seized nearly 69 kgs of heroin worth around Rs 405 crore in international markets during the period.
Talking about police opening fire on drug peddlers and smugglers while they were allegedly trying to escape from police custody, Singh said, “Those cannot be called encounters, but police actions. Around 80 such cases have taken place so far.” He said at least two more years will be needed to prevent the drug supply to the state. “People will have to cooperate with the police and government to save the state from the drug menace. The war against drugs will continue with the same spirit.
After taking over as the CM last year, Sarma had announced the government’s stand to save the state from drug menace.



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