While Minsiters from Punjab are claiming there is no drug menace in Punjab and declaring it conspiracy to defame Punjab , There are many news and videos coming from Punjab claiming Drug addiction is a serious problem in the region of Punjab.
Taking to task those trying to defame Punjab by branding its entire youth as drug addicts, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhbir Singh Badal said anti-Punjab and anti-Panthic people have evil designs on their mind as such unscrupulous elements want to disturb hard earned peace of the state. He, however, reiterated that the Punjab Government would not allow the nefarious plans of such forces to succeed.
Punjab Minister of Health and Family Welfare Surjit Kumar Jayani Sunday claimed that only 1 per cent of the state’s population was addicted to drugs. Drug addiction is not as serious a problem as is being projected to defame the state, he added.
Batala : A 20-year-old youth allegedly died of overdose of drugs at Ghania-Ke-Bangar village today.
Roba Masih’s body was found near the village pond and injections and vials were found scattered near his body.
Ghania-Ke-Bangar SHO Avtar Singh confirmed that the reason of Masih’s death was “overdose of drugs”.
Masih’s grandmother, Hamida, said, “Masih’s body has many injection marks. A few days ago, I took him to the local de-addiction centre but once he returned home, he relapsed.”
The youth’s body was found on a day when the police were busy holding seminars in the city to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse.
An officer involved in an anti-drug campaign said the youth’s death had belied the claims of the administration on curbing the drug menace.
Abohar : Three drug addicts allegedly attacked a businessman from Nai Abadi in Abohar at 5 am on Friday when he was passing through the pedestrians’ passage under the recently constructed steel over-bridge to reach the railway station.
Vishal Kataria alleged today that the trio demanded money to purchase drugs and attacked him using a knife and a brick when he refused and resisted. He was later admitted to the Civil Hospital.
Raising the issue at a press conference, Luxmi Narayan Market Association patron Prem Kalra, a former councillor, and other activists said the steel iron bridge and the foot bridge in the railway complex had become a den of drug addicts, who targeted passengers after midnight.
He said the authorities had been informed in the past that drug traffickers and other anti-social elements thronged the Jaiparkash Narayan Park at night and in the wee hours.
He demanded that the streetlights should be made functional. A deputation today approached the police and railway officials. They demanded night patrolling, better streetlights and flushing out of drug addicts from JP Park.