PANJIM: No drugs seized by Goa Police over the past 10 years have been destroyed. From cocaine to cannabis, it’s all still there. Or so it is hoped.
Following a Supreme Court directive, Goa Police have had to start taking steps to prevent damage and loss of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, both
natural and synthetic, and their pilferage into the open market. In a report prepared by the police department after a recent meeting called in pursuance of the apex court order, it has had to list the various steps taken to ensure that seized contraband does not reach the open market and that it is adequately secured till destroyed. The Supreme Court had, in the Union of India versus Mohanlal and Others case, issued directions to state governments to furnish necessary information about all aspects of seizure of narcotics.
In its, report the state home department states: “No destruction of drugs was carried out for the last ten years.” The report also provides data on drugs seized in Goa and what initiatives would be taken so that the seized contraband does not leak on to the street. The report spelt out procedures followed in disposal or destruction of drugs, and lapses on the part of Anti-Narcotic Cell.
Goa Police, rather the ANC, came under the scanner in 2009 when it came to light that seized contraband had not been destroyed for years and had even been diverted back on the street. A police officer had failed to apply for destruction of the seized contraband in time and he was later suspended for his alleged nexus with drug dealers.
Also, narcotics collected from various courts from December 21, 2000 till February 2, 2009 which were deposited for safe custody and destruction in the godown of the ANC was seized under panchanama by DySP, CID crime branch, in 2010, in a case registered against police officers for an alleged nexus with drug dealers. Unsurprisingly, no drugs have been sent to the ANC godown by courts after February 2009. A drugs disposal committee is to carry the drugs to be destroyed to the site of destruction under police escort and the contraband is destroyed in an incinerator available at Goa Medical College, Bambolim, the report states.