Mammooty to head campaign against drugs

Friday, Aug 1, 2014,13:28 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Reiterating that the Kerala Police would go ahead with the drive to suppress the activities of Drug Mafia  in the state, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala today said the government would urge the Centre to make amendments to the Centre narcotic Act in this regard.    Kick starting the ‘Nirbhayakeralam Surakshithakerala,’ a project aimed at the safety of women and children in the state, he said the government was waging a war against the drug mafia and stern action would be taken against those indulging in this with the joint coordination with the Excise Department as there were no compromise against it.    He said veteran actor Padmasree Mammootty has agreed to become the brand ambassador of the campaign against drugs and use of liquor in the state. The move would help to make aware the new generation, who is under the grip of such evil things.    The fight against the Drug Mafia would continue with more vigor  and the government was seriously considering to make certain amendments in the state narcotic act in this regard, he said.    The Police Department and Excise Department would meet soon to chalk out an action plan in this regard and a final decision would be taken soon to eliminate those forces that creeped into the colleges, schools and other areas in the society, he said.    The government had noted that the use of drugs and sale of tobacco products were increasing, he said adding that the government would go ahead with stern action against those who deal these banned products in the state.

Later talking to reporters, he said the government had no  plan to stop night parties in the state.  However, the government would at any cost allow to use drugs and anti-social elements in the name of such parties.    Regarding the blackmail issue, the Home Minister said that the government would interfere in the issue and those who involved in the case would be booked by the investigating authorities.    The government’s stand in this regard was very clear as it would never support to any body and interfere in the case, he said adding that the government had no pressure from any quarters in this regard.
The investigation would be neutral and the government would never try to trap any body or save anybody, he added.