TODAY -

Drug menace : A strong fight needed :: War on Drugs : Give it more teeth
- The Sangai Express Editorial :: May 06, 2022 -



Taking the appeal against the acquittal of Lhoukhosei Zou in the infamous drug haul case of 2018 to the High Court of Manipur, albeit with a strong nudge from the Supreme Court of India, the news that two women drug dealers have been sentenced to 14 years Rigorous Imprisonment and the tough talk delivered by Chief Minister N Biren against poppy plantations and clearly the drug menace is something to be worried about.

War on Drugs should be more than a slogan and even as the Government is expected to put its best foot forward to take the fight to the drugs menace, there is the need to study and explore all options to give more teeth to the slogan.

The first step would be to acknowledge the fact that Manipur could be much more than a transit zone if one takes into consideration the fact that drug manufacturing units have been busted here in the past.

Other than busting the said unit, coupled with the arrest of some individuals, not much has been heard on the follow up action that ought to have been followed.

Or is it a case of ‘bust a drug manufacturing unit, with the arrest of some individuals,’ and let the matter end there ?

Isn’t there some kind of a follow up action ? Who are the kingpins or the brain behind setting up the drug manufacturing unit ?

What can be said with a degree of certainty here is that no fly by night operator would be a position to finance and set up something like a drug manufacturing unit.

This calls for some influence, money and reach to be able to set up such a unit but the sad part is no big fish has ever been netted.

The most that one get to hear is the arrest of some drug pushers from the streets of Imphal and from along the Moreh-Imphal route.

It is also not uncommon to see statements issued by the police stating, ‘substances suspected to be heroin’ have been recovered from so and so individual with no follow up story the next day.

Was the suspected substance actually heroin or not ? Why are there no follow up reports such as whether the seized items were actually drugs or something else.

This is where the line ‘give more teeth’ gains credence.

It should also be more than clear now that there could be a well established network of people, a sort of a syndicate, behind the drug trade.

And a syndicate obviously cannot exist in a vacuum and it is this intricate network that the Government should strive to break.

That the Chief Minister has come out so strongly against Poppy plantations in some parts of the State is noted, but as pointed out here in earlier commentaries, the Government would need to nail not only the farmer who actually till the soil and plant the Poppy.

Who finances the whole thing ? Who comes and buys the end product of the Poppy plants ? These are basic questions which should be dealt with sincerely.

Net some of the big fishes and more names may come tumbling out. Poppy is being cultivated because they provide easy money to the farmers in the hill areas.

Something which they cannot earn cultivating vegetables or crops.

This is a fact and the next logical step should be to study and investigate who buys the end product of the Poppy plantations ?

Logic says that the farmer who tills the hill slope to grow the Poppy plants would not exactly be going to the ‘market’ to sell the produce of the season, and it is more than likely that the buyers would come to the place where the said plant is cultivated.

It is also probable that the process of planting the Poppy plants, threshing or cutting them, the packaging etc are all financed step by step with perfect understanding between the grower and the buyer.

The task at hand is not easy but sincerity of purpose and the willingness to look beyond the obvious and go for the big fishes may be just what the doctor recommended to fight the drug disease.



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Ibudhou Thangjing Lam Thokpa #2 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 28 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Menstrual Hygiene Management
  • Chives cultivation in Manipur
  • Churchill for Whisky and 'Yu' for Us
  • Add cucumber to summer skincare routine
  • Trekking to Shirui Peak, Ukhrul #1 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 27 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Job @ AITC Computer Centre, Dewlahland
  • COVID-19 : Impact in Manipur :: News Timeline
  • Poppy Economy: Belling a 1000-pound Gorilla
  • Soibam Bindeshori: Book of Records
  • Odisha shows the way in waste management
  • Commendable to rekindle interest in cycling
  • Piling pressure on the NSCN (IM)
  • SN Chand: The father of Manipuri cinema #2
  • COVID-19 Status 26 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Contractual Jobs at NIELIT Assam
  • I the Earth :: Poem
  • Training on mushroom at Nagamapal
  • PM-Kisan in Manipur
  • Iih - The lone foot traveller from Nepal
  • Education proposal merits consideration
  • Emergence of key board villains
  • Phuba Thapham, Senapati #1 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 25 May : Govt of Manipur
  • War on Drugs and Alcohol (Ju)
  • CubeTen: Awarded at British Parliament
  • Advancements in TB science in spotlight
  • Why should people join politics ?
  • Fisheries development in NE Region #2
  • Poor roadways denting prospect of tourism
  • From district level to State level
  • Ibudhou Thangjing Lam Thokpa #1 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 24 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Shirui Lily Festival 2022: Program Detail
  • The fruition of mass communication
  • Grow drumstick for good health
  • Political Stand of Naga People's Front
  • Medicinal Plants for Rural Livelihood in NE
  • Thangjing pact: Test ahead for signatories
  • From 2013 to charge hearing in 2022
  • Kwatha (Indo-Myanmar border) #1 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 23 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • NDPP's biggest challenge & opportunity
  • Languages soul of India & Hindi up to Ten
  • How Market Innovations made America great
  • Kahulong Primary School renovated
  • Conservation of wildlife need of the hour
  • Disturbing street brawl: Reflecting society
  • Licypriya speech at East Timor :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 22 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Licypriya delivers Speech at East Timor
  • Tobacco epidemic continues...
  • Dry Manipur still Wet and 'High'
  • Insects as feed for aquaculture
  • Inflation worries real but a passing phase
  • Dealing with suspected forest encroachers
  • Morphine to heroin to WY
  • English phonetic sounds :: Book download
  • COVID-19 Status 21 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Rs 2,80,000 assistance to 6 Journalists
  • Manipur Roads: A rainy season Nightmare
  • Workshop on "Research Ethics" at MU
  • Tacitly tacit
  • Gleanings from Buddhism
  • Thaopai Shithaine @ Phuba #1 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 20 May : Govt of Manipur
  • North-East Research (NER) Conclave
  • Fisheries development in NE Region #1
  • North East LSN Partners Meet 2022
  • Cold facial during Summer
  • Check gate closure: Boon or bane for driver
  • Covid free after 26 months: A brief look back
  • Wakhom Leikai Lairembi Haraoba #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 19 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Shija celebrates 26 years of surgery
  • International Webinar: Computing Trend in AI
  • New MAHUD for a new Imphal City
  • R&D initiatives of Ministry of Info Tech
  • PMFBY - Every cloud has a silver lining
  • Banking on Modi to eradicate plastic malaise
  • One step down from Greater Lim ?
  • Flood Watch: Nambul Turel [18 May] :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 18 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Ambassadors for Christ
  • "... where women are not respected"
  • Nursing as a career choice
  • Conquest of the last frontier
  • Dry Manipur among top 5 liquor states!
  • Scoring high on liquor consumption
  • Flood Watch: Imphal Turel [17 May] :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 17 May : Govt of Manipur
  • World hypertension day : 17th May 2022
  • Taking advantage of dying sedition law
  • Market innovations & vertical integration
  • Soram Oscar: Mr India Intl Tourism 2022
  • Cyber Security Lecture at Tamenglong
  • Involve village chief in Save Singda Movement
  • Reaching out to SC Jamir
  • Jalakeli Offering @ Govindajiu :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 16 May : Govt of Manipur
  • On 200th Anniversary of MK Binodini Devi
  • East Timor : Licypriya Kangujam invited
  • Carbon Sequestration in Dailong Site #2
  • Semiotic interpretations of traffic policing
  • Citrus Marcoptera: Rare Citrus species in NE
  • Same old healthcare issues for new minister
  • Rain : Bringing out the dirt of Imphalites
  • Art Exhibition @Imphal Art #1 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 15 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2022 #2: Gallery
  • Soil rejuvenation through plants
  • Harrowing memories of a blast victim
  • Pristine Death :: Poem
  • Odisha File
  • Anti-poppy vows: Govt shouldnt be taken...
  • After more than 2 decades of talks
  • River & River Based Communities
  • COVID-19 Status 14 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Second National Lok Adalat
  • Manipur Cabinet: Blurry representation
  • Tips for summer party make up
  • Harvesting Fest of Tarao #4 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 13 May : Govt of Manipur
  • The USP of Churachandpur
  • Pranks unloaded: From fiction to mundanity
  • Radio comes to our rescue in pandemic
  • 3rd North-East Foodtech begins
  • Irreparable damage done to environment
  • Promotion of nurseries for plantation crop #2
  • Issues staring at the face of Manipur
  • Yaoshang Thabal Competition #2 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 12 May : Govt of Manipur
  • International Nurses Day 2022
  • Carbon Sequestration in Dailong Site #1
  • Various voices on reduced areas of AFSPA
  • IBSD, Imphal signed MoU with CSIR
  • Stay on sedition case smack on political elite
  • Identifying a district with one group ?
  • Kakwa Lairembi Haraoba #1 :: Gallery
  • Understanding Environmental Problem
  • Pre Recruitment Training at Keithelmanbi
  • Three rain catchers feted
  • How India is empowering women...
  • War-era bridges amid development rhetoric
  • Aerial route over heart of Imphal ?
  • SN Chand: The father of Manipuri cinema #1
  • COVID-19 Status 10 May : Govt of Manipur
  • NPF Kohima consultative meeting
  • Market creating innovation & business model
  • The element of surprise
  • 3rd North-East Foodtech at Guwahati
  • Growing support to 'war on drugs' mission
  • Backing the War on Drugs call
  • Mao-Imphal Market @ Kabo Leikai :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 09 May : Govt of Manipur
  • We live in the best of times to preach
  • Mixed Marriages & our Heritage !
  • Review Meeting on National Lok Adalat
  • Road blocking for everything
  • Promotion of nurseries for fruits & crop
  • Cong vigil essential to expose Govt
  • Thangjing Hill : Mischievous restrictions
  • Student appearing HSLC Exam #3 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 08 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Workshop with Vice-Chancellors of NE
  • BJP's major challenge in Nagaland - Church
  • Motherhood : A symbol of Love
  • Song of spring :: Poem
  • Mother's Day at Tamenglong
  • Stringent only means to deter poppy grower
  • Congress : Uncharacteristically quiet
  • 4th Documentor Imphal [7 May] :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 07 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Being a scapegoat for ages in this disaster
  • Entrepreneurs invest 8 lakhs to documentary
  • 12th Mahousa Ima Ningsing Tha
  • Float Festival of Tamil Nadu Temples
  • Yaoshang Thabal Competition #1 :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 06 May : Govt of Manipur
  • On custodial death of Arambam Nanao
  • Placating Sharmila : The Iron Lady
  • Service Engineer @Info Trade, Imphal
  • Integrated farming- 2x farmers' income #3
  • Tree Plantation Programme at Kangla
  • Greed blinding rogue police elements
  • War on Drugs : Give it more teeth
  • Artisan Lourembam Bino Devi :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 05 May : Govt of Manipur
  • The Truth Alone Must Triumph
  • ICU bed facility launched in Tamenglong
  • World Hand Hygiene Day 2022
  • Workshop on Climate Change at Lilong
  • Water education for food security
  • Torpid tourism sector
  • Separate flag & constitution
  • Id-ul-Fitr @Hatta Golapati :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 04 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Lavish event management gone wrong
  • World Veterinary Day 2022
  • Condemnation on the killing of Nanao
  • Summer skin care tips for a natural glow
  • Centre's push for NSU commendable
  • Powerless power
  • Ole Wangkheimayum : Making a difference
  • COVID-19 Status 03 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Last surviving Naga regionalist- Shurhozelie
  • DoNER Minister visited NSU, Khuman Lampak
  • Market creating innovations & economic
  • Kuzholuzo takes charges as NPF Leader
  • Swachhata Pakhwada at IBSD Imphal
  • Jiribam Keithel #2 :: Gallery
  • Cheirao-chingkaba #2 :: Gallery
  • May Calendar for Year 2022 : Tools
  • Alangtakhou waterfall @Tml #1 : Gallery
  • Blood Donation camp @Keisampat : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Thabal @Mongshangei #4 : Gallery
  • Lunghar in Ukhrul district #2 :: Gallery
  • Student appearing HSLC Exam #2 :: Gallery
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chak Katpa #3 :: Gallery
  • Tributes on Khongjom Day :: Gallery
  • Tongjei Maril (Old Cachar Road) :: Gallery
  • Painting Competition on 'Tribal' #2 :: Gallery
  • Floral tributes @ Cheiraoching #2 :: Gallery
  • Yaoshang Sports @Bamon Leikai :: Gallery
  • Rules of English Pronunciation : Download
  • Cheiraoba Chak Katpa [Apr 14] :: Gallery
  • Shajibu Cheiraoba @Pune :: Gallery
  • Yaoshang @Bengaluru #2 :: Gallery
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Shopping :: Gallery
  • Sub-Syllables in English : Book Download
  • Learn English pronunciation: Book Download
  • Learning calculating skills : Download Book