Police to act tough against drug peddling with reinvigorated approach: DGP RR Swain

Baramulla, Feb 17 (kns): Jammu and Kashmir's Director General of Police, R R Swain Saturday announced a shift in the police's approach towards addressing terrorism and narcotic issues in the region, emphasizing the need for prevention over cure and calling for collaborative efforts to tackle the root causes of these challenges.

"We want our youth to save themselves from narcotics and terrorism. Civil society and masjid ulemas have a crucial responsibility in spreading awareness and help agencies to contain the menace," DGP Swain as per KNS said on the sidelines of a Public Grievances Redressal Programme held at DPL Baramulla.

The DGP asserted that individuals involved in terrorism are viewed as victims by the police, while those who manipulate and supply them are considered the true culprits. He underscored the importance of empowering youth to resist the influence of narcotics and terrorism, highlighting the collective responsibility of civil society and religious leaders in this endeavor.

Acknowledging the complexity of the drug issue, DGP revealed plans to hold special meetings with government officials to address both the treatment of drug addicts and the eradication of drug peddling. He emphasized the necessity for cooperation between the police department, the medical sector, and government authorities to effectively combat drug addiction.

The ones who get involved in terrorism are victims to us, but those who supply weapons, provide money, and mislead them are the real culprits and not the young one who does have a moustache or a beard. That is why we will have a new approach. We will reward the police accordingly."

"We believe prevention is better than cure," he held.

In addition to addressing terrorism and narcotics, Swain discussed the police's commitment to enhancing community engagement beyond the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu. He outlined the implementation of a follow-up system for complaints received during public interactions to ensure accountability and resolution.

He also highlighted the direct interaction between the police and the general public, recognizing the challenges of their work but affirming their dedication to improving the lives of citizens through proactive measures. (KNS)

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