Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Excise deptt calls for eradicating drug menace

Ahead of the “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”, observed annually on June 26, Excise department has appealed to all responsible to put a concerted effort to eradicate the dreaded drug menace.
In a press note, commissioner of excise & prohibition, H Atokhe Aye, cautioned that illegal dealing in drugs was prohibited and punishable under NDPS Act 1985, with punishment ranging from 10-20 years imprisonment and with fine from Rs.1-2 lakh or with both. Atokhe stated that allowing premises, warehouse, godown, vehicles, or use of any kind of conveyance will also be liable for confiscation to the State under NDPS Act with punishment ranging from 10-20 years imprisonment and with fine from Rs.1-2 lakh or with both. He cautioned that concealing of narcotic drugs in any form would be liable for confiscation to the State with punishment ranging from 10-20 years imprisonment and with fine from Rs.1-2 lakh or with both.
Aye stated that NDPS Act also prescribe stringent punishment to the extent of “death penalty” for repeated offences committed either in India or Abroad.
Any property, assets, movable or immovable bank accounts/bank balances acquired or derived from drug money were liable for attachment to the State and “freeze” Bank Accounts/Bank Balances under NDPS ACT, commissioner stated.
The department said it was keeping strict vigil round the clock to check illegal trafficking of drugs in the State with all its available resources.
The department, therefore, appealed to all including organization, NGOs working in the related field, to put a concerted effort to eradicate the dreaded drug menace from the society midst.

SourceNPN

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