Are The Drug Mafia Biggies Off-Limits For The Authorities?
As the NCB continues to probe the Sushant case, are they focussing on petty drug consumers rather than the big traffickers?
As soon as the drug angle emerged in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) sprang into action making as many as 18 arrests, including actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother. The detained are accused of crimes ranging from consumption, possession and trafficking of illegal substances.
A new study raises an important concern on whether the 1985 implemented Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act is being misused. There seems to be a consistent trend where agencies focus on minor drug-related crimes while letting the big fish get away.
According to the report by a legal policy group, Maharashtra saw an average 1766 cases each year between 2010-2013. In 2014, the cases went up by five times and have since then only spiralled. What is alarming is the number of personal consumption cases at 12946 outnumbering the trafficking cases at 9743 cases.
Mumbai itself contributes 97.6% of all NDPS cases in Maharashtra, of which 28% accused are labourers and people from the lowest strata of society. The trend shows that the poor are easy targets for the authorities, who are used by the latter to get high conviction rates and boost their figures.
An ex-senior police officer agrees that the real traffickers work with the police, making it difficult to apprehend them. He adds that a central agency like the NCB going after petty criminals in the Sushant case is appalling, while the real network is still operating without any obstacles.
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