Tribune News Service
Dharamsala, September 18
The police campaign to seize the properties of drug smugglers in lower Himachal areas is yielding results.
DIG, North Range, Sumedha Dwivedi told The Tribune that orders had been passed to seize the illegal properties worth over Rs 9.27 crore of the drug smugglers in six cases. The order in two cases had already been executed and properties worth Rs 97.90 lakh had been seized, she added.
The DIG said that in 2020 and till August 31 in 2021, 728 cases (422 in Kangra district, 120 in Chamba district and 186 in Una district) had been registered under the NDPS Act in the northern range. There were only 30 cases of commercial quantity while the remaining cases were registered against small drug peddlers, she added.
Sources said that some hardened criminals, who were earlier into illicit liquor trade, had taken to smuggling synthetic drugs such as heroin into Kangra and Una districts and had amassed huge properties. In many cases, it had been found that the criminals hired drug addicts as peddlers to sell heroin to youths.
As per police sources, criminals smuggling heroin get supply from smugglers in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
“In the recent past, women have also been found to be involved in the peddling of synthetic drugs. They were lured into the illegal trade by big smugglers. The state police worked in coordination with the police of the adjoining states to track and arrest narcotic smugglers,” said Sumedha.
She said that as many smugglers had multiple cases under the NDPS Act registered against them, the police decided to confiscate their properties. The police initially collected the data regarding the moveable and immoveable assets of the drug smugglers.
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