International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking observed in districts
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 26 2020: As observed annually, the International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed today in different parts of the State.

Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) also observed International Day of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking under the theme "Better knowledge for better cure" at its head office at Konung Mamang. The observance was held following COVID safety guidelines, said CADA in a statement.

On the occasion, Geetchandra Mangang, secretary-general CADA, claimed that many individuals who were arrested for smuggling drugs into the State escaped punishment because the powerful people sided with them.

They used every possible means like tempering/spoiling samples to prove innocence by colluding with powerful people, he said and added that pursuing such unprincipled acts by ignoring the efforts of all stakeholders to curb the menace of drugs is very unfortunate.

Though the State Government had announced a programme "Nisha Thadoklasi", no tangible actions have been taken to save the State from addiction and other drugs related issues, he said and demanded the State Government to formulate a drug-related policy at the earliest.

CADA president, Hijam Priyokumar; All Manipur Working Journalist Union president Bijoy Kakchingtabam and CADA former president, Arambam Rabindra graced the function as chief guest, president and guest of honour.

43 Assam Rifles Moreh organised International Day of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking cum felicitation ceremony of students who have cleared this year HSLC examination at Integrated Check Post (ICP), Moreh, today.

The programme was attended by Sumit Sood, CO 43 Assam Rifles, Robin Gangte, manager ICP, Brojendro SDC Moreh, Hauzalala, president Moreh Youth Club as presidium members.

Students and youth who attended the programme were apprised about the ill effects of abusing and smuggling drugs on society.

Meritorious students from Moreh who have cleared the HSLC examination were also encouraged with gifts.

As part of the International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking observance, youth of Parengtong Village, under Machi Block, Tengnoupal planted several tree saplings at their village on Friday.

It is said that the event was conducted under the guidance and leadership of D Motang Maring, youth secretary of Parengtong Village.

Speaking to media persons, D Motang stated that the youth of Parengtong Village unanimously agreed to observe the event.

He further stated that the youth decided to observe the event by planting tree saplings to abstain from drugs and save the deteriorating environment.

He also expressed gratitude to village elders for extending help in planting tree saplings.

The International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed amidst the onslaught of COVID-19 at Churachandpur with the district's civil and police officials stepping out on the street for an awareness walk.

The awareness walk undertaken on the streets today saw the Deputy Commissioner, the Additional DC, the SP, Additional SPs and several other police officials leading the rally along with a handful of police personnel spreading the message to stand against drug abuse and illegal trafficking.

Churachandpur police have, meanwhile, registered a total of 6 cases related to Narcotic Drugs (ND) and Psychotropic Substances (PS) in the past one year and made 10 arrests.

It had also recovered 596 grams of heroin, 72 kgs of ganja, 8 kgs of opium, and reportedly destroyed 19 acres of poppy plantation in the district.

The IGP Manipur and Nagaland sector, Langjing also organised the International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, today.

The program was organized to mark the importance of the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, said a statement of Commandant, 109 Bn CRPF, PRO (M&N Sector).

The programme started with an e-speech from AP Maheshwari, DGP CRPF.

The DG CRPF in his message stated that substance abuse and drug trafficking is an evil in our society and disorientation among a majority of the youth.

The global observance aims to raise awareness regarding the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

Dr E Indira Devi, Retd (Guru) JN Manipur Dance Academy (Padmashree Awardee) was also honoured at this occasion, it added.

Dr Gajendra Singh, Professor of Psychiatric Dept (RIMS), Dr Suresh, Prof in MU/Human Rights, Jibanbala, Kripa Foundation (NGO), Dr Wathem Basu, SP (Narcotics), Th Jotin Kumar, GM, Care Foundation, Manipur (NGO), Sh Vikash Kumar, AD, NCB and Suranjan Singh Lairenjam, Chairman, Shishu Nistha Niketan also shared their views and informed about the importance of this day.

The learned speakers mentioned that drug addiction is a very severe problem around the whole world and when one is addicted he/she may not be able to control his/her drug use and continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.

The learned speakers further emphasised to communicate a message to the masses, ''Say No to Drugs" and reach every corner of the Country with publicity campaigns, rallies, posters and other programmes to celebrate the day together.

The theme for the 2020 International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking is "Better Knowledge for Better Care" .

Randeep Datta, PMG, IGP in his closing address emphasized the importance of the day and stated that people should raise awareness regarding the hazards of drug addiction and illicit trafficking.

DK Tripathi, DIGP, Suresh Sharma, DIGP, HK Kanaujia, DIGP, I Lokendra Singh, DIGP, and other Officers, doctors and staff organized the programme in a befitting manner.

As part of International Day of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking team of Bishnupur police headed by their SP donated indoor games equipment to four rehabilitation centres, today.

The rehabilitation centres visited by the district police are Nutlife Rehabilitation Centre for Drug Abuse and Alcoholism, Meitram Awang Leikai; Anouba Punshikon IRCA Centre, Thamnapokpi run by Social Upliftment Association; New Life Fight Against Drug Abuse Centre, Torbung and Mangal Female IRCA Project Centre.

A street meeting was also convened at Kwakta Bazar under Moirang AC, today.

Many top-ranking officials of the district police and staff of CoNE took part in the meeting.

On the other hand, a mass rally was also taken out at Kumbi under the supervision of OC Kumbi Police Station to mark this particular day.

Thoubal police along with the public of Thoubal led by SP Thoubal S Ibomcha organized a rally in connection with International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking under the theme "Better Knowledge for a better life" .

The rally started from Thoubal Wangmataba and finished at Thoubal Police Station.

International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was also observed in other locations too.

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