IMPHAL, June 23: “Manipur has been facing serious drug problem since the early part of 1970 thereby giving severe implications to the society”, stated S Manglemjao, DIG (AP) during the inaugural function of the three days training programme on Human Trafficking for police personnel of Imphal East district held today at the conference hall of Imphal West police station.
Citing a state medical directorate report, the DIG (AP) stated during the training programme that at least three truck load of illegal drugs are being consumed in state in a day.
Being a border state and with its proximity to the Golden Triangle, Manipur is facing serious drug related problems and armed smuggling apart from human trafficking, the police officer said adding women and children are often misused for various illegal purposes in the state.
The cases of human trafficking are on an increase since the past few years, Manglemjao.
Giving factual account of increasing human trafficking cases in Manipur, the police officer said at least 139 people who were trafficked from Manipur were rescued during the year 2010 which include 41 widows and girls. The same year on November 11, eight (8) girls were also rescued from a popular Massage Parlour of Goa.
Quoting police report, the DIG said, “97 state children were found trafficked in 2009 and another 22 in the year 2008”.
Clay Khongsai, DIG and in-charge SP Imphal East police, who attended the inaugural function, said that human trafficking is on the rise in Manipur as is evident from newspaper reports and other sources.
Speaking at the function, he further stressed upon the need for tackling human trafficking before the matter gets more complex.
While stating that training programme on Human Trafficking for the police is being organised under the aegis of the ministry of home affairs, government of India, the DIG said this is being taken up as GOI is well aware of human trafficking cases in Manipur.
During the training session, resource person from state social welfare department spoke on the issue and impart knowledge to the police personnel on the vital clues about tackling human trafficking.
Around 25 police personnel of various ranks from the district are participating in the programme.