Two police aspirants die of ‘drug overdose’

Two youths died due to suspected drug overdose to enhance energy levels while appearing for the police recruitment drive here.
Somvir of Bhiwani died at GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, this morning, whereas other youth, whose identity is yet to be ascertain LNJPH here this evening.
Dr SK Nain, Civil Surgeon, said that prima facie the deceased had allegedly taken unknown drugs.
Somvir was referred to the Chandigarh’s medical institute today after his condition deteriorated, while the other youth was under treatment at the local hospital since Thursday evening, said Dr Nain. Both were taken to the hospital by the police.
Dr Nain alleged that young recruits were using narcotics while appearing for physical examination tests. He said there was no record if patients with drug overuse were treated at private institutes of the city as well.
“A total of 54 youths have been admitted to LNJPH with suspected use of opium and steroids. All such patients were brought in unconscious condition. We are unable to confirm the kind of drugs used by the candidates,” he said.
Three more youths under similar condition were being treated at the LNJPH but there condition was stable, he said. The 19-day-long police recruitment was started on June 15.
“Nearly two lakh youths are scheduled to participate in the entire process of examination. Dope test is a very lengthy process and it is impossible to use such tests for such a large volume,” he said.
Superintendent of Police Simardeep Singh said there was no specific input by the Health Department or any other agency about drugs were suspected to be used by the candidates.
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