KANCHANPUR: A total of 255 people including 12 women involved in drug dealing and addiction have been arrested in 11 months of the current fiscal year in Kanchanpur district.
Recently, Kanchanpur, which is at a high risk for drug smuggling, is getting arrested with drugs daily due to the open border. From last mid- August to mid-June, 26 kilograms of hashish, 499.66 grams of heroin, 36 tablets of nitrate, 358 ampoules of phenergan and other drugs were seized, according to the Police Inspector Bharat Raj Giri at the District Police Office, Kanchanpur.
Illegal smuggling of drugs is rife in the district because of the open border with India. Drug control has also become a major challenge for the local administration in Kanchanpur.
According to Police Inspector Giri, 229 men, 12 women and 14 Indian citizens have been arrested till the mid-June of the current fiscal year. “Drug control and awareness classes are being conducted at the school level throughout the district,” he said.
Police said the cases of drug trafficking are particularly high from Belauri, Purnabas, Beldandi and Dodhara Chandani areas which share a border with India.
Madan Chand, a Mahendranagar-based anti-smoking activist, said that parents should take responsibility to save children and youth from drug addiction. “It may be difficult to control drugs only by the police,” he said, “There is a need for collective efforts.”