The Anti – Narcotic cell (ANC), a special wing launched in February this year against drug trafficking and distribution in the city is running short of staff and other facilities. So far the cell which comes under the Central Crime Station has as many as seven cases, out of 18 registered, still under investigation.
During the launch the then city police commissioner declared that the ANC will have three different wings specialising in technical, surveillance and investigation and would operate under different inspectors. It was also declared that the cell would comprise an inspector, six sub-inspectors, 10 head constables, and 30 constables. But, the current scenario is totally different. There is only one inspector, posted recently. The city commissioner replied saying that this shortage is due to the overall shortage of police personnel in the city and once the new batch passes out from the police academy all the vacancies would be filled.
The main objective of the ANC is to keep vigil over the drug trafficking and related cases in the city and also to educate people against the harmful effects of drugs by organizing various programs. It was also planned to transfer all the drug related cases registered in the various police stations to ANC.
Source: The Deccan Chronicle