SHILLONG, May 10: In line with the call of Meghalaya police for a holistic approach to deal with the rising cases of drugs in Meghalaya, United Democratic Party (UDP) Working President Paul Lyngdoh has joined hands with a group of women to tackle the menace effectively.
Following this a gathering was held at Nongsohphoh locality in Shillong to give way to the formation of this citizen’s task force to take on this menace which is increasingly affecting the youth.
“Drugs are the most serious threat to social harmony today and must be combated with zeal and determination,” Lyngdoh said in this regard.
“Look at what is happening to Punjab. We can’t allow things to drift to such a point here,” he added.
He also expressed his optimism that this problem can be nipped in the bud by creating societal consciousness, especially among mothers.
Opinions, suggestions and observations were made during the gathering and different strategies and steps were talked about to clean the society of the menace.
It may be mentioned that amidst porous borders, criminal networks are getting stronger and more cunning fueling the drug crisis. The Opposition has also raised its concern on the issue in the State Legislative Assembly.
Lately, there have been a number of crackdowns by the police in drug related cases in the city and police are often seen frisking people and making arrests.
One of the biggest catches in Shillong city, was by customs sleuths in 2016 who recovered one kilogram of heroin along with approximately 20,000 tablets of the drug Methamphetamine (or meth) worth around Rs 3 crore in the international market.
Studies estimate that drug abuse and crime go hand in hand and this move if nothing big is but a start towards curbing crime and drugs.