The public was largely shocked and disgusted by a particular case where drugs were sold openly in broad daylight in the centre of Shillong but one person, at least, was not – Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, who was unaware that the matter related to narcotics.
A woman was filmed selling drugs on GS Road near Bimola Junction. The 26-year-old was subsequently arrested by police in Sweeper’s Lane and was found to be in possession of 92 vials containing heroin weighing 99.21 grammes.
Not only is he the Deputy CM but Tynsong also holds the Home Department portfolio.
When he was asked whether the administrative system is so weak that it allows drug dealers to sell illegal narcotics openly in broad daylight, Tynsong said that he was unaware that the woman was selling drugs. However, he assured that the department and the police are working tirelessly to try to end the supply of drugs in the state and called on the public to help the police more in the fight.
“It is not that we don’t have enough inputs or enough manpower, we do have,” the Deputy CM said. “The only point is that at least the public, in case they have any suspicions, should willingly come forward and inform us. We will not disclose their names. Just inform us and the police will be there.”