Police file 218 charge sheets in drugs cases

Shillong, March 9: Police have filed 218 charge sheets on drugs related cases and 144 cases are pending for completion of  investigation, Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui informed the House  to a call attention moved by Congress MLA from Mawlai PT Sawkmie.

In the past five years, under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act registered in the state, there were 56 cases in 2017, 81 in 2018, 117  in 2019, 69 each in 2020 and in 2021,” Rymbui said in the Assembly.


He said important seizures in the past five years include 12,658.51 grams of heroin, 85.866 grams of Meta Amphetamine or Yaba Tablets and 4,439 bottles of phensedyl.

East Khasi Hills has been adjudged best performance district nationally for rollout of action plan on drugs and substance abuse and child trafficking, he said.

Rymbui said the police have constituted Anti-Narcotics Task Force in the 11 districts of the state headed by an officer not below the rank of Dy. Superintendent of Police or Inspector.

The home minister said the menace of drugs will not be eradicated without the active participation of the community, and it is for this reason that Community Liaison Groups have been constituted at the police station level seeking the support of the community leaders and their members.

Arrest of Nigerians

Regarding the arrest of two Nigerian nationals and the subsequent arrest of one out of four suspects from Meghalaya in connection with a drugs case in Guwahati, the home minister said the case is still under investigation and the officials of Assam police are conducting further investigation to ascertain the facts and circumstances of the case.

As the matter is under investigation and sub judice in court it would not be prudent to engage in further discussion regarding the matter, he said.

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