‘Stern steps being taken to curb illegal drug trade, infiltration by Rohingya immigrants’: Tripura CM Manik Saha | North East India News

Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha Tuesday said his government is taking stern actions to curb crimes, including illegal drug trade and infiltration by Rohingya immigrants who use the state as a corridor to enter India.

He added that he held a review meeting with the state police, Border Security Force (BSF) and other security agencies in which a detailed action plan was drawn up to combat the dual menace of drugs and infiltration.

Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting at Prajna Bhawan, Saha said, “PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah made it clear that there can be no haven for drugs here (Tripura). We have started a movement for a drug-free Tripura and a drug-free India.”

He added, “I met the officials of the state police today (Tuesday) and took stock of the situation. The entire police force — starting from the police stations to the top brass of the policing system — is very serious about the issue. We have discussed details about drugs, techniques involved in the illegal drug trade, masterminds behind these operations and ways to nab them. Nobody involved with the drug trade will be spared.”

Talking about Rohingya immigrants illegally entering Indian soil, Saha said, “We have discussed the issue, including how they are entering Tripura. I recently visited the Unakoti district and saw the border fencing has moved toward India due to the floods. Fencing in different areas was also disrupted due to the floods. I was also informed that some touts involved (in bringing Rohingya immigrants to India) maintain communication using Bangladeshi SIM cards in the area. We are taking this very seriously. I have asked the BSF to ensure better cooperation.”

He added that cross-border cattle smuggling into Bangladesh was also discussed at the review meeting. Reports suggest there is a huge racket involved and the smuggled cows cost Rs 70,000-Rs 80,000 each. Saha said the police stations in the bordering areas were asked to work in close coordination with the BSF and check human and livestock smuggling across the border.

The Chief Minister said the state government has undertaken a series of steps to modernise the state police and said the personnel are now using drones and other modern surveillance tools to spot cannabis cultivation fields. Saha said these technological innovations would be used to combat the drug menace and added that special stress was laid on “rooting out mafia” or organised crime syndicates in the state.

Saha admitted the state police are facing a “crisis of manpower” and said the issue would be resolved by taking steps to fill up vacant posts and by providing immediate reinforcements in areas where needed. He also said that his government is working on providing the police stations with modern technology and added that a fully functional cyber crime police station would be operational by September this year.

The Chief Minister also asked the police force to make sure “proper services” are given to the people and said FIRs need to be registered wherever needed.

“Our initiatives to create awareness, such as Prayas, are working on the prevention of child marriage. Tripura tops the chart in terms of child marriages. We are working to prevent the same. I invite suggestions from everyone on how to control it,” Saha said. He added that child marriages are the highest in South Tripura and Sepahijala districts though it is prevalent elsewhere as well like Unakoti district in the northern side of the state.

Praising Tripura Police for doing “good work” during the general Assembly election held in February this year, the CM said, “Tripura never witnessed such peaceful polling before. I hope our police will continue to maintain law and order in the same manner.”

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