Ten Meghalaya excise & narcotics officials felicitated

 AIZAWL: The four-day training programme conducted by the Mizoram excise and narcotics department for its Meghalaya counterpart ended on Friday. Ten officials from the Meghalaya excise and narcotics department were felicitated at a valedictory programme held on Friday to mark the end of the programme.

The Meghalaya team leader assistant commissioner of excise and narcotics wing B Syiem said the training had benefitted them immensely and it will enable them to perform their duties better in the future. The senior officials accompanying the team were superintendent B Nongrum and inspector J Wahlang.

"We have never been exposed to this kind of work culture in Meghalaya. I hope more training sessions are held in the future," Syiem said. He added that the Mizoram counterpart were better equipped than its Meghalaya counterpart in terms of arms and equipments for detection.

Syiem said, "Drug-related crime in Meghalaya is far less than Manipur, but that could be because we were not properly equipped to detect what's really going on. After all, Meghalaya is a important route, which is connected to other states of the northeast and it also shares a long and porous boundary with Bangladesh. Most of the detection and seizures have been done by customs or the Meghalaya police."

The assistant commissioner said he hoped to share what he had learnt here with his staff in the Meghalaya narcotics control bureau. The training included advanced lessons in detection, seizure and prosecution under the ND&PS Act.

On the last day, a firing programme was arranged for the trainees in the Assam Rifles firing range here where Brig Rawat, commander 23 sector AR was the instructor. Brig Rawat said that the collaboration between the law enforcement agencies is even more crucial now as the illegal drug trade is growing.