Bengaluru, May 3: A probe in Goa which was initiated after a drug bust at an engineering college has led investigators to Karnataka.
The source of the marijuana which was found on the students has its roots in Karnataka, the Goa police say while adding that the same was sourced from Belagavi.
While in comparison to several other cases of drug busts this may be small in terms of quantity or numbers, but the interesting point that one needs to note is that over the past year and a half Karnataka has become the largest transit point for the drug mafia.
The CISF has also written to the Union Government seeking more manpower at the Bengaluru International Airport in the wake of heightened activity by the drug mafia.
Why has Bengaluru become a transit point?
The stock of drugs for Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa are always sent into Bengaluru from the international market. This is something that the police have been witnessing since the past year and a half.
Earlier Mumbai was the transit point for the drug mafia, but then the route became extremely unsafe due to enhanced security owing to threats emanating out of terrorism and also the drug mafia which are interconnected.
The drug mafia found Bengaluru to be a safe transit point as the security is not as high when compared to the rest of the cities.
Several consignments of drugs that first land in Bengaluru from the international market are often routed into Belagavi by road. From there it finds its way into Goa and Mumbai.
Statistics would show that the highest number of cases relating to drug peddling in the years 2015 and 2016 have been reported from Karnataka. This is a clear indicator that the state has become a favourite point to peddle drugs.
Drug lords from both the national and international market have made Karnataka a favourite transit point and this has led to the increase in number of such cases.
When compared to Goa and Mumbai the radar on Bengaluru was comparatively less. This is what aided the drug mafia to peddle drugs with ease in Karnataka.
It may be recalled that due to heightened drug related activity, the CISF had written to the union government seeking to increase manpower at the Bengaluru airport.
The CISF feels that with such heightened activity, the manpower too must be increased if the menace needs to be curbed.