The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is plagued by narco-terrorism as the international drug mafia smuggles drugs through the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) to sell a small part in this region and the rest of the shipment in neighboring Punjab.
J&K Police launched Operation “Sanjeevani” to break the drug mafia’s supply chain, but the drug supply is not weakening due to the strong network of suppliers.
Wishing to remain anonymous, senior police officials said there was a close connection between J&K drug traffickers and other parts of the country. In addition, most of the drugs recovered by J&K over the past two years have not been produced in UT.
The drug trade is part of narco-terrorism, which has taken hold of almost every part of the state and a large number of young people fall prey to it.
4.6% of the population is affected by drug-related problems
During the first meeting of the State-level Committee of the Narcos Coordinating Center held on Friday under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar, it was informed that, according to a consumer survey, Jammu -and Kashmir has 6 lakh of people affected by drugs. related issues which represent around 4.6% of the population of the Union territory, of which 90% of the users are aged between 17 and 33 years.
He was informed that Jammu and Kashmir is located in close proximity to the Golden Crescent which produces 80 percent of the world’s opium and is considered the main source of the illicit drug trade.
The meeting defined the main lines of the project to combat the drug threat in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
CS orders data on poppy and cannabis production to be compiled at J&K
The Chief Secretary stressed the need to compile data on poppy and cannabis production in Jammu and Kashmir as well as on cross-border transport to assess the presence of these drugs and their synthetic derivatives at J&K.
To combat illicit poppy cultivation, Dr Mehta led the Anti-Narcotics Working Group (ANTF) in convergence with the Excise and Agriculture departments; map expected cultivation areas and take corrective action for the destruction of illegal cultivation, both on private and government land. ANTF has further been asked to formulate an action plan to prevent such cultivation in the coming season.
Observing that the threat of drug use and addiction has dramatically increased in Jammu and Kashmir in recent years, the Chief Secretary called on those concerned to improve the conviction rate in related cases drugs while simultaneously focusing on the appropriate counseling and rehabilitation of drug addicts. youth.
NGOs concerned about the unavailability of data
“It’s not just drug trafficking, it’s narco-terrorism, which is more dangerous than other types of terrorism and we shouldn’t take it just as a threat. It’s a big threat, that can completely devastate our young generation, “said Zorawar Singh Jamwal, president of Team Jammu, a group that is waging a war on narco-terrorism.
Jamwal regretted that there was no data available from police on drug addiction deaths at J&K.
Although the drug mafia has been active in the Jammu region for so many years, authorities did not wake up from a deep sleep until after the death of teenage Divya Manhas in October 2014.