EPS hits out at govt for drug menace

AIADMK general secretary and former Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami expressed shock over the recent seizure of cocaine and MDMA valued at ₹22 crore at Chennai Airport by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). He called upon Chief Minister M.K. Stalin to take immediate and vigilant action against the growing narcotic threat in the state.
In a strongly worded statement, Palaniswami accused the current DMK government of failing to curb the increasing drug menace, despite his previous warnings. “The state government has not taken effective measures to prevent the drug threat,” he said, pointing to recent incidents as evidence of a worsening situation.
Palaniswami alleged that the DMK’s negligence has emboldened synthetic drug smugglers, turning Tamil Nadu into a significant hub for their activities. He specifically mentioned reports suggesting a former DMK functionary’s alleged connections to an international drug cartel, arguing that such links indicate deeper issues within the current administration’s handling of narcotics control.
“The government is responsible for synthetic drug smugglers operating without fear,” Palaniswami said, emphasizing the urgent need for a robust response to these threats. He urged Chief Minister Stalin to intensify efforts and implement stricter measures to combat the spread of narcotics in Tamil Nadu.
The NCB’s recent crackdown at Chennai Airport, which led to the massive drug haul, has sparked renewed concerns about the state’s vulnerability to drug trafficking networks. Palaniswami’s call for action underscores the political and social urgency surrounding the issue, as citizens and leaders alike demand more effective strategies to protect the state’s youth and communities from the dangers of narcotics.