Narcotics cases in Bengaluru shot up 250% last year, 3,600 suspects held | Bengaluru News – Times of India
A file photo of a drug haul last year, which saw 2,766 cases booked under the NDPS Act
BENGALURU: With police declaring a war on the drug mafia, the number of cases booked under Nacrcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 went up by more than 250% in 2020 compared to the previous year. The number of arrests under the Act increased by nearly 200%.
While 2,766 cases were booked under the NDPS Act last year, 3,600 suspects were arrested, including Sandalwood actresses Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani and well-known event manager Viren Khanna and his associates, who were nabbed in early September.
In 2018, police had booked 285 cases under NDPS Act and arrested 496 suspects. The corresponding numbers were 768 and 1,260 in 2019. Those arrested in 2020 include 72 foreign nationals, up from 44 in 2018 and 38 in 2019.
The crackdown against drug mafia got a fillip in the second half of 2020: While 530 cases were booked under NDPS Act in the first six months of the year, the second half saw 2,236. Police in the know attributed the low number in the first half to Covid-19 and the lockdown.
Will create awareness: Top cop
Police commissioner Kamal Pant told TOI that his force will root out the drug mafia from the city. “The entire city police is motivated to eradicate the drug mafia. We are concentrating on prime drug peddlers, who are holed up in different parts of the country. People are coming forward in large numbers to share information about the trade. In the near future, we will interact with schools and colleges to create awareness against drugs,” he said.
A police inspector said they have been given standing instructions on ‘not to wait for permission from seniors’ while chasing drug peddlers. “Commissioner Pant has made it very clear that whenever we get information on drug peddlers, we don’t have to wait for permission. His diktat is simple: ‘Just rush to the spot and if needed, travel to any part of the country. We need results’,” the inspector said.