Curbing drug smuggling top priority for new Himachal police chief

August 20th, 2008 - 4:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Aug 20 (IANS) Curbing drug smuggling in Himachal Pradesh will be the top priority of the state police, said its new director general G.S. Gill after taking charge here Wednesday. Talking to reporters after joining duty, Gill said the drug trade in the state had to be curbed.

He said a special month-long drive would be launched in “drug-infested districts of Kullu, Mandi and Dharamsala” from Sep 1.

Gill said special teams of the police and the Narcotics Control Bureau had been set up to check cultivation and smuggling of cannabis and poppy.

September is the month when the poppy crop is ready for harvest.

In the wake of reports that narcotics smugglers were using public transport to carry on with their trade, he said sniffer dogs would be pressed into service to screen vehicles.

The 1974 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer said the police were fully equipped to take on new challenges.

Since Gill has worked in the Border Security Force as additional director-general, he is aware of the cross-border drug trade and routes.

The new director general said his other priorities would be to manage crowds at religious places to prevent any unfortunate incident, professional policing, reducing road accidents by identifying accident-prone areas in the state and checking corruption in the force.

Gill replaces Ashwani Kumar, who has been appointed as the Central Bureau of Investigation director.

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