There has never been good news from drug-riddled Mexico. Abductions, killings and torture are routine news for the last couple of years as the security forces of the country have virtually failed to cope with powerful drug cartels. In the wee hours of Sunday, the authorities found around 49 dismembered bodies stuffed into bags. It was not immediately clear who had committed the crime and the authorities were grappling with identification of the victims. The bodies were found dumped on a highway near the city of Monterrey. Heavy contingent of security forces including military personnel were deployed on the scene and the area was cordoned off.
Forensic experts and the security personnel also collected forensic and circumstantial evidence from the crime scene. They appeared confident to track down the culprits with the help of evidences collected from the spot. However, it is too early to say something about any possible crackdown against drug lords and criminals based in different parts of the country. The drug mafia has stepped up violence against their rivals for the last one month and even they are not sparing innocent civilians in their dirty war with each other. The security personnel say that the drug lords were involved in a turf war and were killing men of each other’s groups to establish their hegemony.
On Wednesday, around 18 decapitated bodies were found near Mexico’s largest city, Guadalajara. Perpetrators of the heinous crime are yet to be traced, let alone bringing them to justice. Many in the crime-laden country believe that drug cartels are being run in the country with the complicity of the security forces. They say that even in some cases innocent people are killed and hanged just before the eyes of security personnel but they never bother to arrest the culprits. Analysts based in Mexico opine that even if some criminals are held ever, they are released by courts for lack of evidence.
Security experts suggest the laws should be toughened and prosecution of arrested criminals should be ensured in all possible professional manners; so that criminals cannot get relief from courts on basis of lack of evidence. Media reports suggest that just a few days earlier, around 23 bodies were found in the city of Nuevo Laredo – it borders the United States. The subsequent reports revealed that nine of the bodies were found hanging from a bridge while the rest 14 were found decapitated and mutilated. It is shocking and horrifying but the tragedy is that perpetrators of such heinous crime go scot free.
The drug cartels based in different parts of the country and drug lords are so powerful and armed with sophisticated weapons that they even sometime launch operation against the security forces to teach them a lesson. The international community including the United States should help the Mexican government to cope with the drug lords and other non-state actors.