The Punjab government’s efforts seem futile in making the land of five rivers a drug-free state. Despite numerous initiatives, efforts and special drives to check drug peddling in the state the menace is still rampant. It is noteworthy that the Police Department is making all the efforts to curb the nuisance and has lodged more than 150 cases till May under the NDPS Act.
Swiftly taking steps to check the rise in durg related crimes and to put a tab on drug abuse in the city, the police registered 7 cases under the NDPS Act from all over the district.
Mohali Most Affected
Data available with the Mohali police shows that Mohali district is worst affected. Due to easy availability of drugs most of the drug peddlers and drug addicts are caught from the nearby villages. Most of the drug peddlers are outsiders having good connections in and around the area. The Police is vigilant and persistently keeps an eye on such activities.
One case was registered In Kurali and the accused identified as Mandeep Singh had been arrested with 10gm of cocaine. Sources stated that Singh used to supply drugs to the local customers in small quantity. It was also noted that he was nabbed when he was trying to flee from the police party.
In another case Mullanpur resident Daler Singh was arrested with 150gm of opium. The accused repeatedly proclaimed that he had kept it for personal use but during the police enquiry could not produce any legal permit for the same.
Making another breakthrough the Police also arrested Gurpreet Singh of Phase I with 50gm of cocaine.
Tightening Grip over Quacks
Besides the aforestated cases, the Police arrested four more persons under the same charges. According to a senior police official, the Mohali police and drug inspectors nabbed quacks in villages on the charges of prescribing drugs to youths in the village. The department has also stated that they will be taking strict action against chemist shops involved in drugs supply.
More from Mohali