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Manipur top cop seeks NCB help

Imphal, Jan. 29: Manipur police have sought help from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to check smuggling of psychotropic substances through air cargo and post from Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati to the state capital.

The SoS follows the recent seizure of huge quantity of tablets, abused by youths as psychotropic substances, from Imphal airport and post offices. In the latest haul, a police team seized Respifed tablets, valued at Rs 1.40 crore, from Imphal airport on January 11. Sources said many consignments reach Imphal undetected and are distributed among youths.

Manipur’s director-general of police Yumnam Joykumar Singh told The Telegraph, “I have recently written to the NCB to seek its help in detecting smuggling of psychotropic substances from Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati through air cargo and post offices. I have discussed with officials of the NCB and Bureau of Civil Aviation the problems Manipur police face to check smuggling of such substances.”

NCB deputy director-general (operations) B.B. Mishra, in his written reply to the police chief, said they had taken up the matter with the Airports Authority of India and the North Eastern Region airports.

Joykumar Singh said the state police were finding it difficult to arrest the smugglers as the names and addresses of the recipients of the drug consignments were fictitious. “The real problem is that in all the cases the names of the senders and recipients are always found to be fictitious. So we have not been able to arrest the owners (smugglers) of the tablets.”

The DGP said they had informed the NCB and civil aviation authorities of the problem. “We have also requested the civil aviation to accept only those consignments which have genuine names and addresses of senders and recipients,” the DGP said. He added that no proper cross-checking of names and addresses of senders from other cities and recipients in Imphal was conducted by the airlines and post office staff.The state police are also working with the special cell of New Delhi police to check drug smuggling and militancy. “It is because of the joint effort that we are able to nab militants from Delhi from time to time,” the DGP said.

Terming smuggling of psychotropic substances and its misuse by youths as a “serious matter”, the police chief said the state’s Narcotics and Affairs of Borders, a police agency set up to tackle drug smuggling, had been revamped into a full-fledged police station.

All the offices of the district superintendents of police also have cells to deal with drug smuggling and abuse.