India discusses misuse of darknet for drug trafficking at BRICS virtual meet


Caption: File photo of BRICS leaders at 10th summit in Johannesburg | Representational image | PTI


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New Delhi: India discussed “misuse” of the darknet and modern technology for drug trafficking during a recent webinar conference of BRICS nations, a government statement said on Sunday.

The anti-narcotics agencies of this multi-nation grouping also discussed steps to curb increased instances of drug trafficking through the maritime route, it said.

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

The BRICS comprises 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 statement issued by the Union Home Ministry said.

“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,” it said.

It added that the “misuse of darknet and other advanced technologies for drug trafficking was one of the key focal areas of the meeting.”

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