What you need to know about the war on drugs
India is gearing up for the war against drugs, but it is not yet ready to commit to using all its legal options to tackle the scourge.
The country’s top police officer, Arvind Kejriwal, has promised to use all legal means to fight the drugs menace.
The police chief, Ajay Goel, said that there is a need to “disrupt the drug trade through the law enforcement process”.
Mr Goel said that in a country where drug use is rampant, the police should be prepared to resort to all legal tools to fight drugs.
“If there is no drug problem, the law should not be invoked.
We will not be able to control drug users,” Mr Goel told the media on Monday.
He added that the government will launch a programme called Operation Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control in April.
The Delhi government had recently launched a national awareness campaign to counter the menace.
Ahead of the launch of the campaign, a senior police officer said that the police would not resort to the use of force and “will not be passive”.
The officer said the police had taken measures to disrupt drug trade.
A number of arrests had been made in the past two days in the national capital.
Earlier this month, a man from a village in the western district of Panchkula was arrested for the possession of 50 grammes of a synthetic drug, which is used to make heroin, according to police.
In a similar case, police in Jharkhand arrested a man for the use and sale of 500 grams of cocaine and heroin, the report said.
Earlier in August, a group of 15 people from the eastern state of Bihar were arrested for allegedly buying and selling the same substance in the country.
The Centre has so far deployed 6,000 personnel to tackle drugs and organised rallies for drug users.