The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday was directed the multi-agency coordination committee set up to deal with drug menace to hold meetings frequently to control drug abuse. The High Court made it clear that it was imperative for the agency to hold its meeting.The counsel for the Union of India Chetan Mittal informed the court that the committee hold meeting after every three months. This information was given before a Division Bench headed by Justice Surya Kant on Tuesday in a suo motu case against drugs menace when it came up for hearing.The court directed that the information be shared by all the agencies. Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh submitted status report regarding the steps taken by them in court. The counsel for the Punjab government informed the court that the number of drug abuse cases has increased in the state. The court was told that effective steps to control this menace are needed which are being taken. It was stated that special task force is taking care of this. The force is working in close coordination with the railway police the court is told. The UT Administration stated that 165 drug cases have been registered in the city till August this year, against 114 the previous year. In an affidavit giving year-wise details, the court was told that of the 114 cases registered last year, 19 were under investigation; two had been cancelled; 123 had been sent for trial. In its status report the Haryana government stated that dozens of drug abuse cases have been registered in different districts of the state.Action against some of the chemists has also been taken and licences of four have been suspended, the court was told. The court said that the agencies such as Customs and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, (DRI) be included in the multi-agency coordination committee set up to deal with drug menace. It was also informed that the Special Task Force, set up by the Punjab government too was formulating a strategy against drug trafficking.
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