19.02.19 Karnataka (KPSC) Current Affairs



  • Drug cases, arrests dip 90% in Karnataka


  • Drug-related cases and arrests came down in Karnataka last year, with both police and the Narcotics Control Bureau saying it is in line with the nationwide trend and crediting it to sustained enforcement drives.
  • But the dip in Karnataka is the sharpest at 90% as against 22-23% in the country, raising doubts about the data from the ministry of home affairs (MHA). According to MHA figures, the number of cases in Karnataka for 2018 stood at 104, resulting in 187 arrests, compared to 1,121 cases and 1,841 arrests in 2017.


  • The MHA data shows — in line with the past trend — that Punjab and Kerala top the chart with most number of cases, which also indicates how rampant the drug scene in these states are.


  • As per the data, Punjab reported 7,869 cases and 9,031 arrests, while Kerala saw 6,616 cases and 7,477 arrests. Both these states, just like most of the country, also reported lower numbers when compared to 2017. Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh occupy third and fourth spots, while other large states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh also contributed to the figures.


  • Overall, 36,057 cases were reported in the country last year that resulted in 43,576 arrests compared to 47,344 cases and 56,006 arrests in 2017.
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