Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has asked the state police forces to continue with its efforts to curb the drug menace in the state.

Addressing the half-yearly conference of Superintendents of Police (SPs) and Commandants of Arunachal Armed Police Battalions (AAPBn) and Indian Reserve Battalion in Itanagar on November 10, CM Khandu said that the drug menace is “more dangerous than terrorism”.

“Drug menace is a serious issue. It can completely destroy a generation. We as elders and guardians of the society need to do everything to save our future,” Khandu said.

He added that the state government is very serious to eradicate the menace and will not tolerate drug abuse and traffickers operating in the state.

Khandu, who has been pushing the community-based organizations and religious institutions to create awareness among their members, told the cops that due to the social nature of the menace addicts need to be handled with care but “go hard with traffickers”.

“We are a developing society. Parents of today’s youths are still farmers. They toil day and night and send their wards for education. After completing education, a few lucky ones get employed but several struggle to get a hold on life. These vulnerable groups of youths fall into bad company and get addicted. They turn misfits. They do not fit in a rural set-up nor can survive in cities,” Khandu observed.

He advised the SPs to keep track of addicts in their respective districts and provide them proper counselling by keeping their identity secret.

Delving on cybercrime, the chief minister admitted the significance of dealing with it in today’s world of social media.

“Our police are doing a great job in cybercrime. However, it must be noted that this is an emerging field of crime, which is trending and getting dangerous, especially in tribal states like Arunachal Pradesh,” he pointed.

He said that as the Arunachalee society consists of several distinct and different tribes, any misuse of social media platforms may flare up trivial issues beyond control.

Exclaiming surprise at the fact that Itanagar is ranked as one of the highest data consuming cities in the country, Khandu suggested the cyber cell to keep constant vigil and act before it is too late.

He called upon the police officers to keep people’s faith intact and solve cases at the shortest possible time. He viewed never-ending investigations do not augur well for the confidence of the people on the police force.

The conference was also attended by state home minister Bamang Felix, advisor (home) Nyamar Karbak and DGP RP Upadhyaya.

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