Udta Kerala: National crime records bureau (NCRB) data has placed Kerala at third spot in registration of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances(NDPS) Act cases, ahead of Punjab which is infamous for its drug problem. Under NDPS Act total number cases recorded in the state is 5,924. Whereas Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra with 6,834 and 14,590 cases respectively. The neighbouring state of Karnataka, which includes Bengaluru with the second highest number of crime cases in metro cities, recorded only 655 NDPS cases in 2016.“Ganja constitutes the major chunk of NDPS cases in the state. While Punjab is notorious for the use of deadly drugs, they are comparatively less here,” says Nelson. Another reason for high number of cases is better enforcement. “In some states, the NDPS cases are registered only by police and not excise. Here, excise also books NDPS cases, hence the enforcement is stronger,” said Nelson. Also, the excise department’s drive against narcotics users in a bid to curb the usage of the contraband among students is another reason for the high rate.
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