Assam Starts 2-Day Drive To Burn In Public Drugs Worth ₹ 163 Crore.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma yesterday lit two piles of drugs on fire. The state government began a mission to destroy narcotics worth over Rs 170 crore confiscated in recent months.

For the public burning of drugs, four venues have been chosen. The drive took place today in Diphu and Golaghat and tomorrow in Nagaon and Hojai.

Over the last few months, 18.82 kg of heroin, 7944.72 kg cannabis, 67,371 bottles of cough syrup, 12,70,394 unprescribed sedative tablets, 1.93 kilograms of morphine, 3 kg methamphetamine, and 3,313 kg of opium have been recovered, according to an Assam Police release.

“We just knew Assam was a narcotics transit route from neighbouring nations to mainland India,” Mr. Sarma said. “But, given the extent of the narcotics industry, we can say that this habit has spread among some youths in Assam as well.”