Seminar on ‘narcotic drugs: laws and procedure’

Seminar on ‘narcotic drugs: laws and procedure’
DIG (training & camp commandant), Aotemsu speaking at the seminar.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/23/2021 1:38:25 PM IST

With emergence of new synthetic drugs which are easy to manufacture and can be smuggled in smaller quantity, DIG (training & camp commandant), Aotemsu said cracking modus operandi of the peddlers was critical to the fight against narcotic substances.

The DIG was speaking at the seminar on “narcotic drugs: laws and procedure” on March 22 at Rhododendron Hall, Police Complex, Chümoukedima, Dimapur, informed a release by Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA).

Dimapur being a “transit point of a very vicious cycle that facilitate movement of narcotic substances” in the state, Aotemsu said the underlying challenge of the law enforcement agency in recent times was cracking the modus operandi of the peddlers. 

He said the modus operandi in more than the last 20 years have evolved and changed subsequently. More so the assignment and nomenclature of the enforcement agency have changed. 

“Earlier, we used to intercept a convoy of truckers out of which two or three would be carrying the narcotic substances in huge consignment. Those previous cases of apprehended cases were huge and bulky; however, those days are gone,” he said. 

Aotemsu elaborated saying that the new synthetic drugs that have evolved in recent years could prove to be the easiest and leave way to peddle drugs without making anyone suspicious. The same additional does not require huge dose, he added. 

“The NDPS found today are now easy to manufacture and don’t need to be carried in large quantity, yet are worth lakhs of rupees, which is an overwhelming evolvement,” he said.

Stating that there was an inner tryst and turmoil in the society today, the DIG said the law enforcement agency that was at the forefront need to acknowledge their duty with “mental knowledge and better ethics”. 

He asked the participants to give feedbacks and explore insights into the obstacles and problems faced in the ground and how to tackle the challenges in this kind of investigation in Nagaland. 

NSLSA member secretary N. Longshithung Ezung opined that laws dealing with drugs and narcotic are special legislation requiring specialized knowledge.

 “It needs efficient skill of handling the case from the stage of arrest to final disposal of the case,” he said. 

With the subject, having more stringent penal provisions than many other legislations requiring penalty and that it also prescribes certain special procedures of arrest, search, seizure etc., and also for handling seized drugs for the purpose of collecting evidence, he pointed that it has been an area of interest discussed among judiciary and the law enforcing agency in various platforms. 

Towards this, he called for concerted efforts of stakeholders-judiciary, law enforcing agencies, prosecutors and bar to fully and effectively implement NDPS cases noting that the seminar would be of learning and equipping oneself with required knowledge and skills. 

Resource person, intelligence officer, narcotic control bureau (NCB), Guwahati, Manish Modi and SP, NCB, Imphal Zone, Suresh Kumar gave detailed presentation on salient features of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Investigation & Common errors, Trials and disposal orders and important judgements. 

The seminar was attended by section of officers from the police, law and justice, excise, drug controller, health and family welfare department. It was organised by NSLSA in collaboration with Narcotic Control Bureau, Guwahati Zonal Unit, Guwahati. 

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