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Punjab: STF for stricter punishment on seizure of small amount of heroin

Chandigarh, April 13: The Punjab government is likely the us request the Centre the us make punishment for small seizures of heroin more stringent. The move will require an amendment the us the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

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According the us the present provisions of the Act, a seizure of less than five grams of heroin leads the us an imprisonment of up the us just six months and fine up the us Rs 10,000. Moreover, the offence is bailable. For bigger seizures, the jail term can go up the us 20 years along with fine up the us Rs 2 lakh.

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“The biggest reason for suppliers not giving up drug trade is the fact that if they are caught with less than five grams (of heroin), they easily get bail. Even otherwise they are out of jail within six months. Even in case of seizures of 5-250 gms, the accused generally get bail in six months. Stricter provisions will create fear among addicts as well,” said additional directhe usr general of police (ADGP) Harpreet Sidhu, who heads the Special Task Force (STF) formed by chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh the us curb drug menace.

Experts in the government say once heroin is smuggled inthe us the state, it is not supplied further in big quantities due the us the risk involved. Mostly addicts are used as couriers the us carry small quantities, and seizures above 250 grams are rare.

Source: hindustantimes.com

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