Bengaluru: 1.6k kg of ganja to go up in smoke after HC nod | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Huge quantities of narcotics, including 1,600kg of ganja, will go up in flames. City police will soon set afire the contraband they seized during 2020.
The high court recently permitted cops to destroy a portion of the drugs seized last year. The total ganja haul in 2020 stood at 3,800kg.
Till 2017, seized drugs would be destroyed at the jurisdictional police stations itself. Local police, after sending samples to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and to courts as evidence, would set them on fire. However, there were allegations that some cops, instead of destroying the drugs, stocked them up and either resold them or used them to ‘fix’ suspects arrested in drug cases and against whom police had no evidence. There was no centralised system to destroy the drugs.
However, in January 2018, a drug destruction committee was formed to dispose of drugs systematically. Senior police officials from the Central Crime Branch and officials from Karnataka State Pollution Control Board were made its members.
According to the guidelines, drugs seized by police should be handed over to the committee, after sending samples to FSL and as evidence material to court. Such drugs are stocked in the strongroom of the office of the city police commissioner, Infantry Road. Twice or thrice a year, CCB police approach Karnataka high court, seeking permission to destroy the seized contraband.
“The DCP-CCB is the nodal officer for destroying drugs. He is given the responsibility of maintaining records of the seizures made. While destroying them, he should make sure that everything is videographed — right from weighing to setting them on fire before officials from the pollution control board,” an IPS officer told TOI.
Now, with a nod from the high court, the drug destruction committee is all set to destroy 1,600kg of ganja and other drugs seized in 2020. “An open area near Kumbalgodu, off Bengaluru-Mysuru highway, has been chosen for the task. A proposal has been made to officials from the pollution control board, requesting them to join in. Once they give us a date, we shall go ahead,” he said.
“Of 3,870kg of ganja seized in 2020, 1,600kg will be destroyed now. The remaining will be done away with in a couple of months with another court order. They have been held back due to reasons like pending investigation or FSL report,” police said.

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