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Drug trafficking rises in Mnp
Correspondent KAMJONG (UKHRUL), AUG 29:
Published on 30 Aug. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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Drug trafficking is spurring high in Manipur with Mulvailup, a sleepy hamlet on the fringe of Indo-Myanmar international border in the east of Ukhrul district, emerging as the hotbed for drug runners taking advantage of the porous border and poor security vigilance.
Mulvailup, situated about 108 km from Ukhrul district headquarters, has reportedly turned into a transit point for cross-border drug traffickers involving in illegal substances like heroin and poppy. “The illegal drug trade has been going in the border village for the past few months. The Myanmerese would regularly cross over the Indian territory and smuggled in contraband heroin, while the Indian traders would supply them with poppies,” a reliable source disclosed.
Intelligence reports have also confirmed the rampant drug smuggling prevailing in the areas along the international border. “The illegal drug business has been there for long but is largely a minor dealing. There are, however, no reports of huge consignment taking place recently,” said a senior SIB official.
Taking serious concern of the rising drug trade, local authorities are miffed with both the central and state government while putting the blame on the lack of security vigilance along the porous border. “The illegal drug trade has paced up recently in the areas with no sign of interference from the law enforcing agencies. The drug dealers are taking advantage of the open border and the absence of law enforcement,” sources told this correspondent.
In Mulvailup, the heroin is reportedly sold at a rate between Rs. Four-Six lakhs depending on the grade of the drug. In fact, the border village under Kamjong sub-division is located at a strategic point along the old Kamjong-Homalin (Myanmar) trade route, and regularly used by traders from both the countries.
Locals are also apprehensive that the drug traders are operating in nexus with different militant groups active in the area. Mulvailup is a stronghold of the proscribed Kuki National Army (KNA) while the valley-based militant group UNLF has its headquarters at a nearby Ongshia town inside Myanmar territory. The NSCN (I-M) also has a strong presence in the region.
Intelligence agencies have not ruled out nexus between drug dealers and militant outfits. “It is impossible for the drug smugglers to operate without support from militant groups,” a SIB source said.
Rampant drug dealings recurred after more than 15 years in the Kamjong region, which witnessed a similar trend in the early 1990s.
Locals fear the revisit of the 1900’s drug scourge that claimed several youths in the areas, which now has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Ukhrul district.

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