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HP CM orders crackdown on drug, mining mafias

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

With a view to deliver on the promise of eradicating drug and mining mafias, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday ordered crackdown on such activities in Himachal Pradesh.

After a review meeting of state Home department, he sought reasons for less conviction rate under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

Thakur ordered crack-down on elements involved in drug and mining mafia and said the drugs, whether conventional or psychotropic, is a serious challenge before the police and a concrete plan is needed to nip the drug mafia.

“Police needs to restore and rebuild its image. After a few cases of rape and murder in the state during the previous government regime and the way the cases were handled, the police earned a bad name for itself,” he said.

The CM said now with change of the rule, the people were having more expectations from the new government and the police with its community schemes needs to win the lost faith.

“Let not the people hesitate to seek help of the police,” he said, while calling for police friendly initiatives in the functioning.

Showing his concern over the increased deaths due to accidents in the state, he said a plan needs to be formulated to strict traffic rules.

Though the interception vans can be deployed on national highways and a few other places, but the drunken driving and driving while listening to mobiles should be checked upon immediately, he said. Police needs to be strict on these issues and ensure that the traffic rules are obeyed by the people.

On women safety issue, Thakur said that the safety of women was the utmost priority as well and on 27 January, 2018 ‘Guddia Helpline’ and ‘Shakti Button Mobile App’ would be launched. The shake-up system to ensure that the mobile don’t get disconnected, would also be a unique feature of the App.

He said that HP should be the first state to launch 112, a toll free number for emergency, ambulance, fire and police. The government of India had issued directions in this regard to the states to make it operational.