Darknet misuse for drug crimes mentioned in BRICS meet attended by India: MHA

New Delhi, August 16

India mentioned “misuse” of the darknet and trendy expertise for drug trafficking throughout a latest webinar convention of BRICS nations, a authorities assertion stated on Sunday.

The anti-narcotics companies of this multi-nation grouping additionally mentioned steps to curb elevated situations of drug trafficking by means of the maritime route, it stated.

The 4th session of the BRICS anti-drug working group, underneath the chairmanship of Russia, was held on August 12 and the Indian aspect was represented by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Director-General Rakesh Asthana.

The BRICS contains Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa and India.

“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,” a press release issued by the Union Home Ministry stated.

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

It added that the “misuse of darknet and other advanced technologies for drug trafficking was one of the key focal areas of the meeting.” Darknet refers back to the deeply hidden web platform that’s used for narcotics sale, change of pornographic content material and different unlawful actions through the use of the key alleys of the onion router (ToR) to steer clear of the surveillance of regulation enforcement companies.

The NCB had busted a first-ever such case after it apprehended a narcotics vendor based mostly in Uttar Pradesh in February who allegedly used the darknet to ship a whole bunch of psychotropic drug parcels overseas within the garb of intercourse stimulation medicines.

The member nations adopted a communiqué that lined all of the factors mentioned within the assembly, the assertion stated.

“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,” it stated.

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

The Indian aspect on the convention included NCB Deputy Director General (operations) B Radhika, NCB Deputy Director (operations) KPS Malhotra, First Secretary (commerce) within the Indian Embassy at Moscow Vrindaba Gohil and undersecretary (multilateral financial relations) within the Ministry of External Affairs Vaibhav Tandale, it stated. PTI 

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