Kolkata: Regarding the increasing use of drugs in Assam, the state CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, referring to the film ‘Udta Punjab’, said that like ‘Udta Punjab’, Assam was also on its way to become ‘Udta Assam’. The Chief Minister said this in response to a question asked by Asom Gana Parishad MLA Pradeep Hazarika during the budget session of the Assam Legislative Assembly.
He said, “We had seen the movie ‘Udta Punjab’, where we saw the state of Punjab due to the menace of illegal drugs. Assam was also on the way to become ‘Udta Assam’. But the Assam Police which is doing its job and illegal Continuing the war against narcotics, we feel that we have been able to save many youths, families of the state.
CM Sarma said, “Earlier Assam was a transit route for illegal drugs coming into the rest of India from other parts of the north-eastern region and neighboring countries. But the situation has changed and the use of illegal drugs is increasing in Assam and many youths of the state have become victims of it. The police action against drugs was going on even earlier. But we have waged a war against drugs.”
Sharing the data of the last two months when the new government came to power in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “During our short tenure, we have seized about 28 kg of heroin, 12,823 kg of ganja, 41 kg of opium.” That the police have also seized 78000 bottles of cough syrup, 13.63 lakh tablets, 3 kg morphine, 3 kg crystalline medicines, 33 kg poppy straw, Rs 1.80 crore in cash.
He said that Assam Police had seized 10 kg heroin in 2016, 5 kg in 2017, 7 kg in 2018, 23 kg in 2019 and 27 kg in 2020 and this shows the increasing availability of drugs in the state. Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We have now adopted zero tolerance against illegal drugs and massive campaigns are going on across the state.”
He also said that the seized drugs would be publicly burnt on July 17 and July 18 at Golaghat, Diphu, Nagaon and Hojai, to give the message of zero tolerance against drugs.
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