Haryana

HARYANA: DRUNKEN DRIVING RESULTING DEATH WILL BE NON BAILABLE OFFENCE

March 14, 2018 05:39 PM

Chandigarh (JS Kaler)

Haryana Government is considering making drunken driving, resulting into the death of the victim, a non-bailable offence to keep a check the increasing number of road accidents.

This was stated by Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma while replying to a Calling attention motion during ongoing budget session of Vidhan Sabha, here today.

The Minister said that during the year 2017, a total of 14,668 criminal cases have been registered against persons indulging in illicit liquor trade, almost all the accused persons have been arrested and the smuggled liquor has been seized.

*During this period, a total of 8,84,256 bottles of smuggled licit liquor, 38,702 bottles of illicit liquor, 7,61,047 bottles of English wine, 73,910 bottles of beer and 22 working stills have been seized.* During the year 2017, a total of 2,247 criminal cases have been registered against narcotic drug criminals. Almost all the accused persons have been arrested and quantity totalling 86.28 Kg opium, 124.736 Kg charas, 9549.65 Kg poppy husk, 9.494 Kg smack, 4367.881 Kg ganja and 3.918 Kg heroin has been seized from them.

The State Government is extremely serious on the matter of illicit sale as well as the illicit use of intoxicating substances such as liquor, opium, poppy husk, ganja, charas, heroin and smack. It is incorrect to state that there is no check on this menace by the concerned authorities. lnfact, a multi pronged approach has been adopted on the issue by the authorities with a view to prevent, detect and punish the criminals indulging in such illegal activities.

During the year 2017, a total of 2,247 criminal cases have been registered against narcotic drug criminals. Almost all the accused persons have been arrested and quantity totalling 86.28 Kg opium, 124.736 Kg charas, 9549.65 Kg poppy husk, 9.494 Kg smack, 4367.881 Kg ganja and 3.918 Kg heroin has been seized from them.

Mr. Sharma said that efforts were being made to educate the general youth regarding harmful effects of the narcotic substances and to channelize the energy of the youth in constructive activities so that their future is protected.

The State Government has also established a Special Task Force on October 3, 2017 with a view to detect and investigate the various criminal activities including manufacture and supply of narcotic substances and drugs, illicit arms and counterfeit currency, cases of extorting and kidnapping and abduction for ransom, inter gang wars/shoot outs and contract killings, sensational cases of dacoity and robbery, and cases related to terrorism or having interstate ramifications. The Headquarter of Special Task Force has been set up at Gurugram and one IG rank officer has been made as ln-charge of the Special Task Force.

The State Government is starting a new program, namely, Police Cadet Corp with a view to engage the State's youth in nation building activities. With focus on the concept of 'Healthy Body - Healthy Mind', the community policing programs like marathon runs, yoga events and rahgiri events are being organised in each district of the State. These programs are very popular and a large number of youth are taking part in them. Furthermore, the State Government will initiate a large scale recruitment drive in police department in the month of April to engage youth of the State.

Additionally, special campaigns are being launched on a regular basis to detect liquor smuggling and narcotics smuggling. One such campaign has recently been launched from December 14, 2017 to January 15, 2018 with a view to detect narcotics and liquor smuggling, to prevent and detect crime against women, to prevent and detect crime against property and to make a crackdown on most wanted criminals. Similarly, a special campaign was launched in the entire State with effect from May 1, 2017 till May 15, 2017 to detect narcotic drugs, illicit weapons, to crackdown on eve-teasers and to check traffic violations like drunken driving and over-speeding. The special campaigns have been very successful, he added.

The State Government is alive to its responsibility towards the present as well as the future generations and will leave no stone unturned in eradicating the menace of illicit drugs and illicit liquor. The Government will ensure continuous crackdown on the criminals and nefarious elements found indulging in sale, manufacture or smuggling of illicit drugs and illicit liquor. Exemplary, prompt and strict action will be taken against all such elements in accordance with law. At the same time, the Government will continue to educate the youth regarding the ill effects of the liquor and drugs with a view to keep them away from such substances.

The Minister said that the concerned authorities have been directed to give great importance to the fact that any proliferation of drugs and narcotic substances will spoil our present as well as the future generations. The concerned departments are working round the clock to ensure prompt and exemplary action on the criminals indulging in illicit sale, smuggling and use of all types of narcotic substances. The authorities keep a close watch on manufacture of illicit liquor and illicit drugs. Strict legal action is being taken against all such illicit manufacturers. The crackdown on all such illegal activities is being done on daily basis and being monitored by the senior officers. Detailed instructions to all the districts have been issued in this regard from time to time.

he authorities are making their best possible efforts to completely eradicate the drug menace in the State. Strict action is being taken against any government servant found conniving with the liquor/drug smugglers, he added.

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