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Haryana CM proposes formation of special team under HCOCA to tackle drug menace

Gurugram: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has proposed the formation of a special team under Haryana Control of Organised Crime Act (HCOCA) to tackle rising crimes related to drugs. The team will especially focus on the metros like Gurugram that is becoming the hub of the drug trade. "I am happy to announce that Haryana Control of Organised Crime Act shall soon be enacted to effectively control and curb the menace of organized crime, gangsterism and drugs smuggling in Haryana," said the Chief Minister.

He added, "Drug is a national problem which requires joint efforts of States for its successful eradication. We are all committed to continuing & strengthening the process of consultation & cooperation — to collaborate proactively to making the entire region drug free." The law and order challenge posed by drug mafia posed in Haryana can be gauged from the fact that in 2017 over 2,000 criminals involved in the crime of drug trafficking were arrested. The issue was also raised by senior lasers in the recently held budget session in Haryana legislative assembly. Being the richest district of the state the drug mafia along with illegal liquor trade is now posing a major law and order challenge to law enforcement officials.

Not only are the officials from Gurugram police but now even the special task force (STF) has become involved in curbing the drug mafia in the city. According to sources most of the big criminal gangs that are operating in the city are now shifting their focus from illegal land deals, extortion to transportation and supply of drugs. While Synthetic drugs like Ganja, Sulfa are in high demand other forms like charas, Opium and heroin are also gaining popularity. Most of these drugs are coming from areas of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. However, to expand the base the drug mafia has also begun procuring their supply from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh.

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