GANGTOK: In an effort to curb drug menace in Sikkim chief minister PS Tamang today said “any police officer found using or helping drug peddling will be sent one compulsory retirement”.
Chief minister PS Tamang was addressing a gathering of police personnel after laying down the foundation stone of a first-of-its-kind smart police station-cum-crisis response center at Namchi Police Station in South Sikkim.
Tamang was referring to the latest largest drug haul by Sikkim in which a police officer was also involved. “The world is suffering from drug abuse and Sikkim is also not left alone. So, we should also take strict action to control the menace and we are determined to fight against drug abuse. We have decided that we will send police officers who consume or indulge in peddling drugs on compulsory retirement. There will be case in the court, but we will send them on retirement immediately,” Tamang said.
“We will also start testing for drug abuse in all police stations,” he further said. The chief minister also said, “we are receiving complaints that Station House Officers of various police stations do not go to the field which they must and should not depend on subordinate officers. The SHO must visit field for every case.”
He further said 16 new motorbikes for traffic police will also be flagged off to check traffic problem in Gangtok and other districts. He also announced Outstanding Police Award for best performing police officer who renders extraordinary service.