LUCKNOW: Adopting stringent action against the drugs cartel and traders of illicit liquor, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the confiscation of properties as well as display of posters in public area of anyone found involved in drug trafficking and illicit liquor in the state.
As per the reports, the CM while reviewing the anti-illicit liquor and drugs campaign, Adityanath said involvement in such trade should be considered a national crime, not only a criminal offense, and directed concerned officials to take stern action against such individuals.
Following CM’s order, the state government has set up an ‘Anti Narcotics Task Force’ (ANTF) to check drug trafficking, the spokesperson said. According to a statement issued by Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Prashant Kumar, ANTF would be supervised by Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) (Crime).
The statement said that in the first phase, Narcotics Police Stations would be established in the districts of Barabanki and Ghazipur, and that officers from agencies such as the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the Central Bureau of Narcotics (CBN), the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), and others would be appointed in ANTF.
ANTF will be given all powers related to search, seizure, arrest, and investigation against criminals and mafia involved in the drug trade, and would be able to conduct investigations by filing FIRs against criminals in any police station under its jurisdiction.