22 Arrested During Commissionerate Police Special Drive Against Narcotics Trade

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Bhubaneswar: While the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate Police has geared up to invoke Section 45 of Odisha Urban Police Act-2003 (OUPA) to tighten the noose around habitual drug peddlers, it has been conducting a special drive since July 10 against trading of narcotic substances in the twin cities.

Briefing the details of the drive, Twin City Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty informed that the Commissionerate Police has registered 16 cases in which 22 persons have been arrested. Besides, 107 grams of brown sugar and morphine, 18 kilograms of ganja, Rs 77,000 cash, one car, six bikes, eight mobile phones and some gold ornaments have been seized.

Such anti-narcotics campaign will continue in the Twin City and as per the earlier decision habitual offenders will be declared 'Tadipar' or removed from Commissionerate’s jurisdictions. Khandagiri Police Station and Laxmi Sagar Police Station will be sending some reports on some offenders and action will be taken against them accordingly, he added.

As per intelligence inputs from Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch, the brown sugar is being imported from Myanmar through Bangladesh, West Bengal and northern districts of Odisha, said Mohanty while adding that some drugs are processed locally through two to three stockists, who provide it to retailers for peddling.

Khurda and Chhatia are the prime retail centres of drugs for Bhubaneswar. The STF is keeping an eye on the movement of the narcotics and the Commissionerate Police is also in contact with the NCB to check the inter-district and inter-state drugs trafficking. Besides, local police have also been directed to take stringent action against the peddlers, he added.

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Satyajit Mohanty, Twin City Police Commissioner