India and Sri Lanka held discussions to formulate a strategy to jointly tackle cross-border smuggling of narcotics and syndicates running the illegal trade between the two maritime neighbours. Two countries considered this strategy during the 2-day discussions held in New Delhi on August 20 and 21.
This is for the first time that the anti-narcotics sleuths of both the countries came together to the discussion table to take up the issue of drugs menace.
Sri Lankan team for the two-day conference was headed by Senior Deputy Inspector General, Pujitha Jayasundara and he was assisted by Senior Superintendent in-charge of narcotics Bureau, Kamal Silva. They held talks with senior officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in India.
The two sides briefed each other about the issues and challenges faced by them in curbing narcotics smuggling between India and Sri Lanka. The issue of sea couriers and channels of drug syndicates, were also be discussed between the two sides.
They agreed to extend fullest cooperation to each other by regular exchange of intelligence information and cooperate in interrogation of suspects.