‘Wage united battle against drug menace’

Chennai: Tamilnadu alone cannot wage a lone war against drug smuggling, as the substance is being smuggled into the state from Gujarat through Andhra Pradesh, Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi alleged on Thursday and demanded that the Centre take steps to prevent drug smuggling into the country at entry points.

He claimed that India’s seaports, especially Mundra in Gujarat and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh have become porous for drug smuggling from countries like Afghanistan and Iran, mainly after the Indian seaports were privatised.

“No matter what steps the state government and police take, Tamil Nadu cannot stop the drug smuggling as the issue has wider ramification. Hence, the Centre should take appropriate steps to seal the entry points and ensure that the country remained drug-free,” he told reporters here.