Meghalaya :High Court asks anti-drugs teams to file status report

The Meghalaya High Court . Image credit : The Sentinel

Shillong(Meghalaya ), May 21: The Meghalaya High Court has directed the Special Task Force Teams set up to combat drugs trade in the State to file status report of their activities within fifteen days.

It may be noted that in compliance with the order of High Court, the State police has constituted Special Task Force Teams also known as Anti-Narcotic Task Force (ANTF) in every district to help the authorities to tackle the movement of drugs and drug trafficking in the State.

This was informed by the Joint Secretary, Home (Police) Department in an affidavit filed in the division bench of the High Court .

According to the affidavit, the Director General of Police in compliance to the High Court order passed on May 7 has constituted Special Task Force Teams in every district to combat drugs trade.

“The Special Task Force Teams shall file status report of their activities within fifteen days,” the High Court said in its order .

The High Court also directed the Superintendents of Police (SPs) who have been assigned the job of supervision of District Level Anti-Narcotic Force to file status report about the activities so far carried out for arresting the trend of narcotics in their respective districts within fifteen days.

According to the affidavit filed in the court, the Superintendent of Police of each district has issued instructions to various school authorities to monitor and conduct regular checking of the students and their belongings so that, if any, illegal activities relating to drugs is noticed same be brought to the notice of nearest police station.

The affidavit further stated that steps will be taken to display ANTF contact numbers for the general public through newspapers and other electronic media.

On this, the High Court directed that ANTF contact numbers should be made known to the general public through newspapers and other electronic media within one week.

It may be recalled that the division bench of Meghalaya High Court had on may 7 directed the Director General of Police, Meghalaya to constitute a Special Task Force team of dedicated officers of police department who shall periodically have surprise inspection of various locations which include parks, school gates and guest house gates so as to check if there is any movement of drug traffickers then to take necessary action under law.

The order by the High Court was issued on the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Meena Kharkongor.
The High Court had also said that the Task Force as shall be constituted by Director General of Police, Meghalaya shall make public their contact numbers so that any citizen noticing any boy or girl or any person of any age indulging in drugs or are supporting use of drugs will inform the concerned Task Force Committee.

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