Assam starts 2-day drive to burn drugs worth over Rs.160 cr

Assam starts 2-day drive to burn drugs worth over Rs.160 cr
Sarma along with officials destroying the seized items in Diphu, Saturday.
GUWAHATI, JUL 17 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/17/2021 1:39:02 PM IST

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Saturday set fire to heaps of drugs at two locations as the state government started its drive to destroy narcotics worth over Rs. 160 crore seized over the past couple of months.

According to reports, four locations have been selected for the public burning of drugs. The drive was held at Diphu and Golaghat on Saturday and will be held at Nagaon and Hojai on Sunday.

Speaking at Golaghat, Sarma said: “We have managed to recover narcotics worth Rs. 163 crore over the past two months through the proactive action of our police department. This, however, is only 20-30% of the state’s narcotics market. This means Assam has a narcotics market worth Rs. 2000-Rs 3000 crore.”

According to an Assam Police, 18.82 kg of heroin, 7944.72 kg cannabis, 67,371 bottles of cough syrup, 12,70,394 numbers of unprescribed sedative tablets, 1.93 kg of morphine, 3 kg methamphetamine and 3,313 kg of opium have been seized over the past couple of months. Drugs coming from Myanmar are known to enter Karbi Anglong and Golaghat through neighbouring state Nagaland.

“We were only aware that Assam was a transit route for narcotics from neighbouring countries to mainland India, but looking at the size of the narcotics market, we can say that this addiction has spread among several youths in Assam too,” Sarma said.

“There have been certain incidents in which those involved in drug trafficking cases tried to escape and police had to shoot at their legs. For these actions, our police has received certain criticism too. But, being Assam’s CM, I give complete freedom to Assam Police to take sternest actions within the ambit of law while dealing with such criminals. In fact, I encourage them to take the strictest of the strict steps they can under the Code of Criminal Procedure,” Sarma said.

On Saturday, 11.88 kg morphine, 2.89 kg crystal meth, 3.47 kg heroin, 102.91 kg Cannabis and 2,03,384 tablets were destroyed at Diphu. While at Golaghat, 802 gm Heroin worth over Rs. 20 cr, 1205 kg Ganja/Cannabis, 3kg Opium & 2,06,906 nos tablets were destroyed.


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