The Crime Branch of the Goa police has launched a drive against drugs menace aimed at pushing the drug peddlers to the wall.
As part of the drive, the drug peddlers who were earlier arrested will be brought under surveillance. The Crime Branch will not only track down their activities but also the source of their livelihood.
Police have collected data since the last 5 years pertaining to around 127 cases that have been charge-sheeted along with names of the accused persons. Police hope that the drive will deter the drug peddlers. Owing to the drive, some peddlers, mostly foreign nationals, have gone underground or have left the state and are not traceable, claimed police officials.
“We have stepped up surveillance. The drive against drug peddlers will definitely bring in deterrence as the peddlers will know that their activities including their source of income are being monitored,” said Crime Branch SP Pankaj Kumar Singh.
He said, “We have collected data pertaining to drug peddlers, who were arrested and chargesheeted in the last five years.”
Interestingly soon after the surveillance was stepped up, fearing arrest, a couple of alleged drug peddlers, who were previously arrested in drugs cases, approached court seeking anticipatory bail.
“They were just called for inquiry as part of our operation to keep a check on the drug menace,” said Singh adding, “Even some of such persons who were called appeared before the Crime Branch along with their advocates.”
Task has been assigned to 7 police inspectors of the Crime Branch for in-depth study of the data, surveillance and so on. The data has been collected from police stations in the state apart from the Crime Branch and the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Goa police.
Police are also collecting data of the persons who acted as local surety to the alleged drug peddlers at the time of bail. Many of the alleged drug peddler’s especially foreign nationals are untraceable after they were released on conditional bail. This prompted police to seek information from the concerned police stations regarding the local surety. The data once collected will be analysed and police are contemplating action against those found to be common in several cases.