Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday called for making colleges and universities drug-free and called on the state police department to step up monitoring of educational institutions to prevent drug supply and consumption.
Jagan, who has led a high-level review of the law and order situation in the state, expressed concern over reports of the cultivation of ganja, cannabis and opium in parts of the state. government and their provision to colleges and universities.
“According to the information we have, most of the drug use occurs in colleges and universities. If we can curb the drug supply to these higher education institutions, we can control 80% of the drug threat in the state, ”the chief minister said.
He instructed the Police Department and the Prohibition and Excise Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) to monitor colleges and universities to find the source of the drug supply.
“We need to identify institutions with high drug use and map all of those colleges. With the help of the intelligence services and the SEB, the police should investigate where the drugs come from and who supplied them. If we can break the network of drug traffickers, we can control the threat easily, ”Jagan said.
Calling on the police to view tackling the drug threat in educational institutions as a challenge, the Chief Minister asked all district police commissioners and commissioners to develop a plan of action on the issue and to submit reports on the supply and consumption of narcotics when there. four weeks.
“Our effort should be to make all educational institutions completely drug-free,” he said.
There have been periodic reports of drug seizures from students in the state. In April this year, police in Guntur (Urban) brought charges against six students at a private university in the neighborhood for drug use in an apartment near Tadepalli, near the residence of the chief minister. Police seized 1.9 kg of ganja, two hookahs, bottles of bhang and six cell phones.
The recent arrest of a Telugu couple in Chennai in connection with the seizure of nearly 3,000 kg of heroin worth around ??9,000 crore by the Directorate of Fiscal Intelligence (DRI) at the port of Mundra in Gujarat, sparked a political outcry in the state.
The main opposition party Telugu Desam claimed that the arrested couple – Machavarapu Sudhakar and his wife Vaishali, had ties to YSRC leaders in the East Godavari district.
The company started by the couple – Aashi Trading Company, located in Vijayawada supposedly to export rice from Kakinada – was the recipient of the shipment of heroin, declared as semi-processed talcum powder, imported from Afghanistan to the port. from Mundra via the port of Bandar Abbas. in Iran.
Police in Andhra Pradesh, however, denied the allegation that the heroin was intended for distribution within the state. Vijayawada City Police Commissioner B Srinivasulu said the shipment was not intended to reach Vijayawada. “With the exception of using the address of a house belonging to Vaishali’s mother, no drug trafficking activity was noticed in Vijayawada,” Srinivasulu said.
The TDP, however, alleged that thousands of crore had changed hands in drug trafficking in the state. “The drug mafia rules the roost in the state and the importation of drugs, the supply of ganja, gutka have become commonplace. YSRCP leaders have become drug donors and smugglers, ”a TDP statement said on Monday.
At the afternoon review meeting, however, the chief minister accused opposition leaders of falsely spreading drug trafficking unrelated to the state. “The opposition is making irresponsible statements to tarnish the image of the police, the government as well as the people,” he said.