Delhi Police Will Work Harder to Curb Drug Menace: Top Cop
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday pledged that the force would work harder to curb the menace posed by drug addiction in the country even as he invoked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' talk in which the latter had spoken about the social problem.
Speaking at their annual press conference, the Delhi top cop said that a total of 133.38-kg of smack/heroin had been recovered during the year, making it the highest haul of the last eight years.
A total of 319 drug-related cases were reported and 392 persons were arrested in 2014.
Police also informed that they recovered more than 1,200 stamps of 'Lysergic Acid Diethylamide', known commonly as LSD, in the capital in 2014, which was worth Rs 8 crore on the international market.
It is the second-highest recovery in the history of Delhi Police and the Narcotics Control Bureau and is also one of the biggest in the country.
"The Prime Minister recently expressed concern about drug abuse in the country during his 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme. He said that the drug addiction menace is a national pain as it leads to the dark alleys of destruction and devastation.
"Our police force will make sure that in the year ahead, we contribute as much as we can to curb this social problem.
Money earned through selling drugs is used in anti-national activities and, even as this problem has always been our major concern, we'll work harder on it in future," he said.
Bassi also appealed to the media to extend help over the issue wherever they can. "I request the media also to support our effort because the minor drug peddlers are the ones who must be busted soon. The issue is of national significance as it is related to the future of India's youth," he said.