Information is of great importance to fighting against crimes, especially in the field of narcotics. Since informers help the law enforcement agency trace the criminals or find out behind-the-scene truth, there is nothing objectionable about using informants. In fact, if used wisely, it can serve the police to a great extent in preventing drug menace in society and protect the citizens. But, many informants of police in our country have been playing a dubious role since they are allegedly involved in drug peddling too.
The lead news of this daily’s yesterday issue stated that many informants are involved in different sorts of criminal activities like drug peddling, blackmailing and extortion. Allegations are there that these criminals, instead of helping prevent crimes, intensify their criminal activities by taking advantage of their relations with police and tip other criminals off about probable police raids. They extort money from innocent people by threatening to implicate them in drug cases. Their activities are not just a misuse of power, given that these informants are not getting themselves involved in criminal activities after starting to work as informers; rather drug peddlers have been chosen for the work actually. Even some listed drug dealers allegedly working as informers are seen riding motorcycle with some police officers regularly, which encourage the criminals to commit crimes.