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Drug Trafficking: BIMSTEC nations brainstorm to combat the menace
IFP Bureau | First Published: February 15, 2020 18:14:12 pm
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Manipur has for decades fought a long losing battle against drug menace and poppy cultivation. So have the other regions that are affected by the problem. Amid the uncontrollable menace, BIMSTEC nations shared major concerns at the conference on ‘Combating Drug Trafficking’.

The two-day deliberations on ‘Combating Drug Trafficking’ at the BIMSTEC conference in New Delhi provided an important platform for the partner nations to share ideas and exchange best practices required to combat the drug menace in the region, according to a PIB release.

BIMSTEC partner nations include Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand , Nepal and Bhutan. These seven nations are in a precarious position owing to the geographical proximity to major opium production regions of the world – Golden Crescent and Golden Triangle. Sandwiched between the Golden crescent and Golden Triangle, India is in a more vulnerable position, the release stated.

Major concerns in Combating Drug Trafficking as pointed out at the BIMSTEC conference that concluded on Saturday:

1. All the member nations shared concern over increased trafficking of Heroin in the Bay of Bengal Region.

2. The bumper harvests of opium in Afghanistan for the last few years have increased Heroin supply in all the BIMSTEC Nations.

3. Large number of Methamphetamine manufacturing facilities is prevalent in some of the BIMSTEC countries.

4. A large quantity of Methamphetamine produced is further trafficked to all the BIMSTEC countries.

5. Drug trafficking through sea route – Methamphetamine and Ketamine are trafficked in large quantities.  Indian authorities recently seized 371 kg and 1,156 kg Methamphetamine from two vessels in the Bay of Bengal.

6. The BIMSTEC region is one of the most thriving centres of pharmaceutical manufacture and trade.

7. The region shares close proximity to China, which is another leading country in the Pharma sector.

8. The ugly side of technological use in drug trafficking: The use of darknet is one of the ugly facet of technological use in drug trafficking. The combination of darknet and courier /postal deliveries have made the narco/psychotropic trafficking more anonymous in nature.

Keeping in mind these problems which are common to the BIMSTEC Nations and Indian subcontinent in particular, the various sessions of the conference were designed, the release stated, adding the conference brought out the best practises followed in terms of Drug Law Enforcement in BIMSTEC nations and all the member nations reaffirmed their commitment to increased co-operation.

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