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Major blow to drugs smuggling nexus as Punjab Police arrests 676 drug smugglers/suppliers in a week

CHANDIGARH, (Gurpreet) Intensifying the war to completely eradicate the drug menace from the state, Punjab Police have arrested 676 drug smugglers/suppliers after registering 559 first information reports (FIRs) under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act across the state in the last one week.

Official Spokesperson of Punjab Police, while addressing a press conference at Punjab Police Headquarters here on Monday, said that with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has given the Punjab Police a free hand and full liberty to wage war against drugs, extensive anti-drug drives are being launched to combat the menace of drugs from the border State of Punjab.

Immediately after taking the charge, Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav ordered all the CPs/SSPs in the state to strictly adhere to the Punjab Government’s zero-tolerance policy against drugs and keep vigil at drug hotspots in their jurisdiction.

Divulging more details, the Spokesperson said that the Police have recovered 5.57Kg heroin, 17Kg opium, 25Kg ganja, 7 quintals of poppy husk, and 2.25 lakh intoxicant pills/capsules among other drugs after carrying out cordon and search operations in drug-affected areas beside laying nakas at vulnerable routes across the state. As many as 32 Proclaimed offenders and absconders in NDPS cases have also been arrested in the past week, he added.