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Busting drug manufacturing unit : Questions to answer
- The Sangai Express Editorial :: August 08, 2022 -



Investigation must be on and the 19 year old youth who has been hauled up must have been grilled and maybe is still being questioned thoroughly.

The identity of the owner of the house where the drug manufacturing unit was busted has already been named but it is not yet clear whether she has been arrested or not.

Maybe one has to wait for the follow up action and one hopes that the case is not given the quiet burial.

Drug unit busted and a 19 year old boy arrested and surely the story cannot and should not end here.

Besides the woman who has been named as the owner of the house where the drug manufacturing unit was busted, are there any partners in crime along with her or was it a one woman show all the way?

More importantly can one expect more answers in the coming days? Answers to some of the posers raised here would fit in well with the War on Drugs campaign launched by the State Government with so much fanfare.

Not the first time that such a manufacturing unit has been busted and there is nothing to suggest that this would be the last either.

The point of interest to the people and at least to The Sangai Express is when developments in the follow up action would be made known to the public.

Other than a case or two, not much of follow up action has been heard and this is cause for concern.

So many questions at the moment and while it is not clear whether any answers would be forthcoming or not, it would help immensely if the Government can take the trouble of spelling out from where the raw material to manufacture brown sugar or heroin or any drugs have come from.

Or is it a case of the raw material being so easily available in its raw form that no one would think that it can be processed to brown sugar or heroin.

It would also help that much more if the authority concerned can make it known for the people to know where the seized brown sugar were meant to proceed.

Was it meant for sale only in Manipur or were there plans to smuggle the same to other States? And surely the process of selling and buying drugs such as brown sugar and heroin would mean that the potential buyers are in touch with the manufacturers.

Who are the people the drug producers were in touch with? Answers to this question may be known in the course of the investigation, but it would help so much more and give more confidence to the War on Drugs slogan if some of these answers can be made public.

Questions, all questions at the moment, but it is important that such questions are raised to make the War on Drugs more meaningful.

Busting a drug manufacturing unit can be but just one step towards taking the fight to the menace.

Following it up is the next logical step. Given the number of such units which have been busted so far, some headway ought to have been established.

Unfortunate it is that so far no big fish has been netted.

This is a question which has been raised many times in this column and it will continue, for there is nothing much to suggest that the Government is anywhere near busting the drug cartel.

The need to crack open the network is what the situation demands.

It is the moneyed and muscled few behind the racket who need to be named and exposed and only then can the War on Drugs be said to be making headways.

Those caught with drugs while transporting the same can at best be pushers or couriers and it would certainly need money and muscle power not to speak of influence to even entertain the idea of transporting drugs that run into crores of rupees.

Drugs is not an item that one can sell sitting on the pavement and certainly drugs cannot be transported without first identifying the buyer at the other end.

Has the Government come anywhere near busting this chain ?

This question is important but can one expect an answer to this?



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