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Thiruvananthapuram: Operation Bolt to fight drugs

Action plan ADAPT to reduce demand, supply via legal action, surveillance.

Thiruvananthapuram: Operation Bolt to fight drugs
The public can call the citizen police vigil at 94979 75000 for giving information about them.

Thiruvananthapuram: In view of the murder of two young men by drug mafia within a span of two days, the city police on Friday launched a new action plan codenamed Operation Bolt under action plan, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Task (ADAPT), to reduce the demand and supply of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances through focused legal action and flawless surveillance.

The drive is directly under the supervision of ADGP Manoj Abraham. To begin with, the police had prepared a list of 210 antisocials.

The public can call the citizen police vigil at 94979 75000 for giving information about them.

City police commissioner Kori Sanjay Kumar Gurudin will monitor the calls as well as drug cases registered in city limits.

The police also identified 150 drug peddlers in city limits. To track the inflow of drugs into the city, the police would monitor the borders.

The police will intensify the night searches in problem areas and slums as part of the operation.

Police arrested 12 out of the 13 who allegedly kidnapped and tortured to death Konchiravila native Ananthu Gireesh on Wednesday. As per the autopsy report, he died of excessive bleeding from a skull injury.

The arrested include Arun Babu (22), Abhilash (29), Karthik (21), Vishnu Raj (23), Harilal (23), Vinish Raj (20), Aneesh (24), Akhil (21) and Vijay Raj (18), Balu (19 and Roshan (21) The police registered cases under 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

In another drug-induced murder, a person identified as Shyam was hacked on Thursday midnight. Two others, Vimal and Unnikrishnan, were injured in the incident.

Arjun who hacked Shyam went into hiding. Two of his associates, Manoj and Ranjith, were arrested.

Both the suspects and the deceased have criminal records. Arjun who was in Mumbai returned to the city only recently.

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