India raises misuse of darknet for drug trafficking at BRICS meet

New Delhi (NVI): The fourth session of the BRICS Anti-Drug Working Group comprising of Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa and India was held this week where New Delhi discussed misuse of darknet and other advanced technologies for drug trafficking.

This year’s session, held over video conference on August 12, was chaired by Russia, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.

The common points emerged during the discussions include need for real time information sharing among the member states and need to curb increased drug trafficking through maritime routes.

Apart from that, fruitful exchange of opinions concerning the drug situation in the BRICS states, the international and regional trends of illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, as well as the impact of various internal and external factors on the situation took place during the summit.

BRICS is an informal group of states comprising the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa.

The growing economic might of BRICS countries, their significance as one of the main driving forces of global economic development, their substantial population and abundant natural resources form the foundation of their influence on the international scene and are the driving forces behind the grouping, the Home Ministry said in a statement.

Among other areas of collaboration, matters pertaining to drug trafficking is an important area of cooperation among the BRICS member states.

The Indian delegation was led by Rakesh Asthana, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau and comprised of B. Radhika, Deputy Director General (Ops), NCB, Vrindaba Gohil, First Secretary (Trade), Embassy of India, Moscow, Dr. Vaibhav Tandale, Under Secretary (Multilateral Economic Relations), MEA and Shri KPS Malhotra, Deputy Director (Ops), NCB.

-ARK