Agartala, Sep 26, 2022, ENEWSTIME Desk
Tripura Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha on Monday informed the State Assembly that the Tripura government had drawn attention of the central government for setting up a branch of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Agartala.
Replying to a calling attention notice moved by Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman, the Chief Minister also said, apart from drugs-free Tripura campaign, 19 cases under the NDPS Act were recently handed over to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed under the Tripura Police Crime Branch.
According to the Chief Minister, a proposal for procurement of a full-body scanner (to scan the vehicles carrying contraband items) is under consideration.
At present, six specially trained sniffer dogs are being used for the drives against drugs while the government is further considering a plan for purchasing more of such dogs in future, Dr. Saha said that the Tripura government had already taken several steps to put an end to drug addiction.
He said, the Tripura Police in collaboration with DRI and NCB are carrying out raids on a regular basis to prevent smuggling of contraband items through the state.
Sharing data, the Chief Minister said, in the anti-drug drives, 291 cases were registered and 557 persons were arrested in 2020, another 352 cases were registered and 690 persons were arrested in 2021 and more 399 cases were registered and 542 persons were arrested till August of the current year.
In his discussion, the Congress MLA advised the Chief Minister to carry forward the anti-drug campaign on a war footing. (Courtesy: Tripura Times)
Enewstime Desk adds: Notably, the two-day Tripura State Assembly session started on September 23, 2022 and ended today.
After being elected as the Chief Minister, it was the first session for Dr Saha while, it was the last session for ex-Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb who was recently elected as the Rajya Sabha MP from Tripura.