Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Thursday issued a stern warning to cops saying that any police personnel found guilty in drugs-related cases will be terminated from service. The chief minister made the remarks while setting drugs worth over Rs 34 crore on fire in presence of MLAs and high-ranking police officials.
Singh said that around 40 departmental enquiries involving police personnel in drug-related cases are currently pending in the state.
He said that the “War on Drugs” not an idea which was conceptualised recently and that he felt the need of commencing an effective campaign against intoxicants ever since the mid-90s.
Singh further said that he declared a war on drugs after he became the chief minister in 2018 and that it is a committed mission “which nobody can derail” with “unfounded criticisms and politically motivated instigations”.
The chief minister also said that the destruction of poppy farms will continue in the state until villagers stop growing it.
The contraband items, which were burned in presence of the chief minister included: Heroin powder (2 kg), Ganja (273 kg), 5,80,853 WY tablets, 1,22,696 SP capsules and 530 N-10 tablets.
This was the state government’s third disposal of seized drugs. The first disposal was conducted on November 30, 2017, wherein drugs worth Rs 45,000 crore were destroyed. The second disposal was held on September 26, 2018, wherein over Rs 20 crore worth drugs were destroyed.