Growing Concerns on Narcotics Activities through Instagram, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Expresses Worry

Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, has expressed concern over the surge in narcotics-related activities on Instagram. He pointed out that Instagram has emerged as a market for the illicit trade of substances, where orders are placed and transactions are carried out through payment gateways such as Jio Pay and UPI.

The mafia engaged in the narcotics business is continually finding new avenues across various sectors of the country. It has come to light that social media platforms, including Instagram, are now being used for the supply and sale of narcotics. This issue was raised during the winter session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. The state’s Deputy Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, addressed the matter and highlighted that these social media platforms have transformed into markets for illegal substances. He stated that narcotics are being sold through the dark net as well. Fadnavis emphasized that Instagram has become a prominent marketplace for the purchase and sale of narcotics, with orders being placed and transactions facilitated through payment gateways like Jio Pay and UPI.

Prompt Action Taken

Taking cognizance of the situation, Deputy Chief Minister Fadnavis assured that decisive steps are being taken. He mentioned that a thorough investigation of parcels from courier companies is underway, appealing for checks to be conducted with the help of modern technology in courier offices to curb the narcotics trade. The state government is actively pursuing measures to clamp down on the narcotics business and ensure the effective implementation of stringent actions.

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