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Odisha: Drug Addicts Involved In Majority Of Snatching Incidents, Says Police Commissioner

06 February 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

Bhubaneswar: Maximum number of the snatching incidents in Bhubaneswar is committed by youths who are addicted to drugs and narcotic substances. While all the police stations in the Capital City have laid traps to nab the drug traders and consumers, the Quick Action Team (QAT) has set targets deadlines to meet in checking the menace, Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty said.

Both the QAT police station personnel have been given a mandate to collect specific intelligence and conduct raids. As a result of the strict action of the cops, the drug traffickers have changed their mode of operation, said Mohanty.

"Earlier, it was mostly men who acted as transporter of heroine and brown sugar. As a result of sustained action against this crime, the traffickers have resorted to using women as their carriers, to give the police a slip," he added.

"The trends have shown that an action against drug traders have lowered the number of snatchings considerably. The efforts and action against drug traffilcers is already in place. But this will be strengthened further," he added.

This is a supply-chain which traces its roots beyond the borders. Besides, there is also a demand for narcotics in the City. Which is why the trade gives good (illegal) returns and is very lucrative among anti-socials, said Mohanty, adding that the Twin City cops are working on mission mode to eliminate the menace completely.