Tripura mulls to identify drug addicts using beat system


Tripura government is developing the beat policing system to identify the drug addicts among the school and college-going students. Not only that, but the state has also undertaken a number of initiatives to spread awareness among the students to say no to drugs, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb who is also the Home Minister informed the assembly in response to the queries submitted by MLAs Asish Das, Sudhan Das, Sudip Roy Barman, and Tapan Chakraborty.

In the queries, the legislatures sought to know the present status of the drug haul and the measures that were taken to neutralize the illicit trade. As per the written answers placed in the Assembly, it has been informed that though there were no specific databases about as to how many students had fallen prey to the drugs, the state government was trying heart and soul to put a check on the growing graph.

“The police department through community policing is trying to reach every corner of the state making people aware of the delimiting of drug abuse. Improvement in the beat policing system is also in the cards so that the state can prepare data and identify the drug addicts”, the written answers read.

Notably, altogether 3,887 persons had been booked under the prevention of drugs acts such as NDPS, Tripura Excise Act and PIT NDPS act. In the year, 2018, after the new government (BJP-IPFT) come to power; altogether 2100 persons were subjected to trial as per the laws. In the successive years, altogether 1,661 persons were booked under such acts and until last month, as many as 126 persons were arrested so far this year.

It had been also revealed that as per the government records, 78,588.612 Kgs of Ganja worth Rs 39,29,43,060 has been seized in the stretch of April 2018 to February 2020. Apart from that, 2,22,756 bottles of banned cough syrup, 24,35, 966 contraband tablets, 7354.109 gram of Brown Sugar, 1,96,303 bottles of illegal liquor and 4,73,124 liters of country-made liquors had been seized as of now worth more than Rs 23,36,04,414 .