Kohima, March 23 (NEx): One Day Seminar on ‘Narcotic Drugs: Laws and Procedure’, was organized by Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) in collaboration with Narcotic Control Bureau, Guwahati Zonal Unit, Guwahati, for officers from the Police, Law and Justice, Excise, Drug Controller, Health and Family Welfare department, at Rhododendron Hall, Police Complex, Chumoukedima, Dimapur on Monday, March 22nd, 2021.
The DIG (Training & Camp Commandant), Police Complex Chumoukedima, Aotemsu, IPS addressing the participants, said that Dimapur is a transit point of a very vicious cycle that facilitate movement of narcotic substances in the state and an underlying challenge of the Law enforcement agency in recent times is the emergence of new synthetic drugs which are easy to manufacture and smaller in size and that cracking modus operandi of the peddlers is critical to the fight.
Aotemsu said that the modus operandi in more than the last 20 years have evolved and changed subsequently. More so the assignment and nomenclature of the enforcement agency have changed.
“Earlier, we used to intercept a convoy of truckers. Out of which 2 or 3 would be carrying the narcotic substances in huge consignment. Those previous cases of apprehended cases were huge and bulky. However those days are gone,” he said.
However, the officer said that new synthetic drugs that have evolved in recent years could prove to be the easiest way to peddle drugs without making anyone suspicious. The same additional doesn’t require huge dose.
“The NDPS found today are now easy to manufacture and don’t need to be carried in large quantity, yet are worth lakhs of rupees” which is an overwhelming evolvement, he said.
One of the underlying challenges in this front is that everything now seems normal and are easy to pass through any of the checkpoints and that there is an inner tryst and turmoil in our society today and we at the forefront of the law enforcement agency need to acknowledge our duty with mental knowledge and better ethics, he added.
He called the participants to take the call to give feedbacks and explore insights into the obstacles and problems faced in the ground and how to tackle the challenges in this kind of investigation in Nagaland.
The DIG also said, “Chargesheets are based on the mere confessions of an accused. However arrest, recovery and confession in line with the legal system should be the key of the investigation,” and added that cracking modus operandi of the peddlers is critical to the fight.
NSLSA Member Secretary N. Longshithung Ezung, NJS mentioned that laws dealing with drugs and narcotic, are special legislation requiring specialized knowledge. “It needs efficient skill of handling the case from the stage of arrest to final disposal of the case,” he said.
With the subject, having more stringent penal provisions than many other legislations requiring penalty and that it also prescribes certain special procedures of arrest, search, seizure etc and also for handling seized drugs for the purpose of collecting evidence, he pointed that it has been an area of interest discussed among judiciary and the law enforcing agency in various platform.
Towards this, he called for concerted efforts of stakeholders- judiciary, law enforcing agencies, prosecutors and bar to fully and effectively implement NDPS cases noting that the seminar will be of learning and equipping oneself with required knowledge and skills.
Resource person Manish Modi, Intelligence Officer, Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB), Guwahati and Suresh Kumar, SP, NCB, Imphal Zone gave detailed presentation on salient features of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Investigation & Common errors, Trials and disposal orders and important judgements. The day long seminar converged on amendments and important features, national for drug abuse, prohibition control and regulation, offences and penalties, powers etc.
The subject on investigation dealt on information gathering and processes, search and seizures, production in court and sampling, linking evidences, chargesheet, trial monitoring and error committed during these processes.
The NCB officials also gave insights into the storage and disposal of drugs which includes drawal of sample, number of samples to be drawn, numbering of package containers, packing and sealing of samples, test and disposal of persons arrested and articles seized, pre-trial disposal & procedure of disposal.