People caught smuggling drugs for terror to be booked under Unlawful Activities Act

Updated: Nov 27, 2017, 09:47 IST | Agencies

Cases of drug smuggling to fund terror activities will be booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said here yesterday

Cases of drug smuggling to fund terror activities will be booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said here yesterday. He said currently such cases are booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act, 1985.

Representation pic
Representation pic

"It has been established that funds are being raised through drug smuggling and are used for terror activities. Hence the Indian government, for the first time, is going to book such activities under UAPA instead of the NDPS Act. We are going to do it for sure," Ahir said. He was speaking at an event commemorating the bravery of security force personnel during the Mumbai terror attacks.

"In what is known as the Golden Triangle, opium and marijuana are supplied from Afghanistan to the Pakistan border and the drugs then enter India through the north-east," he said.

Safer borders
The minister said the government had decided to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other measures to make the border areas safer. "We have decided to take strong action against such activities," the BJP MP said. Ahir said the government used high-tech sensors to detect infiltrations from across the International Border and that the prime minister had also "helped by providing funds for such modernisation".

He said many terror attacks and infiltration bids were foiled in the aftermath of the 26/11 strikes. "We also asked for the help of respective state governments where International Border-related issues are routinely addressed. We have sanctioned R5 crore for security forces," he said.


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