UN exposes Indian drug cartel

Daily Mail:  According to a UN narcotics control agency report, India has become the hotspot for drug cartels to source chemicals needed for illicit manufacturing of synthetic psychotropic drugs such as methamphetamine.

In its annual report for 2010 released at its Vienna headquarters, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said that South Asia has become one of the main regions used by drug traffickers to obtain the chemicals needed for illicit manufacture of methamphetamine, namely ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

According to the 17-page INCB report, India is one of the main sources of psychotropic substances sold through illegal internet pharmacies. This report is a direct indictment of the country’s narcotics control efforts. Psychotropic substances are chemical compounds that affect the processes of the mind or body. Normally used in the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of diseases, these are also illicitly used for its effects on the central nervous system.

The INCB is the independent monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions such as the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988. It said the law enforcement agencies in India seized 1.2 tonnes of ephedrine in 2009 and they increasingly uncovered facilities, where methamphetamine destined for markets in other countries is illicitly manufactured.

The criminal networks, the report said, are increasingly targeting Bangladesh as a source of pharmaceutical products containing these precursor chemicals and pseudoephedrine from India is also formed into tablets in Bangladesh before being sent to Central America and the Caribbean.

The report sheds light on the fact that pharmaceutical products containing narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances are widely abused in south Asian countries, while 18,600 ampoules containing buprenorphine, a painkiller, were seized in Bangladesh in 2009, a significant increase compared to 2006. It also observed that cannabis is cultivated on a large scale throughout South Asia and gave the Bangladesh example where 2.1 tonnes of the herb were seized by law enforcement agencies in 2009.

India has been engaged in various internecine activities to destabilize its neighbours but sending drugs to Bangladesh beats its other morbid conspiracies. The news becomes even more macabre in light of the fact that at the moment a pro-India government is at the helm of affairs in Bangladesh. India feigns friendship with Bangladesh. It helped its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman organize the Mukti Bahini guerrillas, who conducted a war of insurgency against Pakistani troops and enabled the former East Pakistan break away from the mother country.

The heinous deed was scripted, planned and executed by India’s secret agency RAW. Overwhelmed by the euphoria of her success, Indira Gandhi, then India’s Prime Minister had declared that she had dunked the “two nation theory” of Jinnah in the Bay of Bengal. Soon after its independence, Bangladesh realized that India was no friend and it tried to get its proverbial “pound of flesh” by attempting to turn Bangladesh into a surrogate nation.

When it did not comply, Bangladesh was rocked by a series of coups and counter coups, which destabilized the fledgling nation. However it goes to the resilience of Bangladesh that it not only survived but thrived. Later, India tried to create problems for Bangladesh by choking its rivers through illegal dams like the Farrakha and other water projects. India has been behaving like a bully of the block but the current disclosure to destabilize Bangladesh through the use of spurious drugs beats all other conspiracies. Indian machinations need to be exposed because of the menace it is creating in the region.


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