“Odisha police have been cracking the whip in opposition to drug traffickers for fairly a while. The STF has been main the struggle in opposition to the drug trafficking for Odisha police. The federal government has authorized our proposals for strengthening the STF,” director normal of police Abhay stated.
The 27 new posts embody one within the rank of superintendent of police (SP) and three deputy superintendents of police (DSPs). The brand new narcotics unit of the STF might be headed by an SP. “The STF will now have two devoted items headed by one SP each–narcotics unit and organised crime unit. We thank the federal government for creation of the posts and institution of a brand new unit,” Abhay stated.
Sources stated the brand new narcotics unit will coordinate with the district police, excise, narcotics management bureau and the police of different states for concerted efforts to test interstate drug trafficking.
The federal government had created the STF and financial offences wing (EOW) underneath the state Crime Department in August 2011. The principle goal of the EOW is to probe financial crimes like land associated forgery, job rackets, banking and bank card frauds. The STF investigates instances regarding organised crimes, together with extortion, kidnapping, drug trafficking and left-wing extremism.
Although the STF’s foremost mandate is to curb organized crimes within the state, crackdown in opposition to the drug sellers has remained its focus space. The STF made document drug hauls final yr. Of the overall 35.600 kg of brown sugar that was seized in Odisha final yr, the STF seized over 32 kg alone whereas the remaining substances had been seized by the police in several districts. Value of the seized medicine would come to round Rs 32 crore. The STF additionally seized round 66 quintals of ganja final yr. Over 100 drug sellers and peddlers had been arrested by the STF within the final one yr.
The state police headquarters just lately created a four-member committee to display screen the profiles of police personnel, who apply for deputation within the STF. The committee is headed by the extra director normal of police (Crime Department).