Gaikhangam talks tough against drug trafficking

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IMPHAL, July 16: None of the drug traffickers operating in the State will be spared but dealt with in a befitting manner according to the law of the land said deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam on the floor of the ongoing full budget session today.

Gaikhangam was responding to a query raised by senior Congress legislator Y Irabot during the question hour.

Noting that the issue of drug abuse can be a threat to an entire generation, Gaikhangam who is also the Home minister had opined that the government will not spare those responsible for such reckless activities.

Expressing concern, Gaikhangam asserted that some important cases have already been handed over to CBI for investigation.

The number of seizure of banned drugs consignments in the State during the period from 2007 to June 2014 is 430 and total number of persons (owner) booked so far 657 adding that all the arrested individuals are the real owners of the drugs consignments, he told the House.

In his question, Y Irabot had raised his doubts over the dealing of a case in connection with the drug seizure made by a team of the SIU from the Tulihal Airport on January 11, 2013, wherein a person identified as Md Rajuddin of Lilong was reportedly arrested.

On the other hand, in response to query raised by Andro MLA Shyamkumar with regards to the procedure of allotting gun licence, Giakhangam informed the House that none of the licence holder were given any basic training of weapon as there is no provision in the Gun Licence Act 1995 Arms Rules, 1962 as most of the weapon category are non-sophisticated. However, licence is provided to only genuine applicants after proper verification.

 

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