90 Sirsa villages in grip of drugs: Police survey; Do the police take strict action against them?
A survey by the police in Sirsa has revealed that youths in as many as 90 out of 330-odd villages of the district are addicted to drugs like heroin.
Sirsa SP Hamid Akhtar is learnt to have sent a list of these villages to Director General of Police BS Sandhu. He has requested Sandhu to take up with the government the issue of providing sports facilities to these villages so that youths could channelise their energy towards sports rather than drugs.
The SP has also taken up the issue of increasing the number of beds at drug de-addiction centres in the district with Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh.
Confirming these developments, Akhtar said that after identifying the menace of drugs as the most important problem of the district, he had launched “Prabal Prahar”, a drive against drugs two months back. The survey was part of that campaign.
He said that the initiative “Prabal Prahar” involves an offensive against drugs, opening channels with people for getting information about drug traffickers and peddlers, creating awareness among the people through a campaign and rehabilitation of addicts.
Prominent villages that figured in the survey conducted by the police are Panihari, Musahibwala, Mallekan, Mangala and Vaidwala coming under Sadar police station; Sirsa, Desujodha, Shergarh and Dabwali villages under Dabwali City police station; Matdadu, Saktakhera, Hebuala, Mangeana, Phullo, Chatta and Tigri under Sadar Dabwali; Kariwala, Sant Nagar, Damdama, Bani and Nagrana from Rania; Ludesar and Najia Khera from Nathusari Chopta; Odhan, Jandwala, Chormar, Kingre, Bhukkanwali, Salemkhera, Jalalana, Kheowali, Malikpura and Rajpura from Odhan.
The survey also includes Chiknidhab, Ellenabad, Talwara, Poharka, Musli and Mirzapur from Ellenabad; Ding Mandi, Narelkhera, Bhawdeen and Bagguwali from Ding; Biruwala, Badaguda, Lakranwali, Raghuana and Sahuwala from Badagura; Singhpura, Kalanwali, Desumalkana, Kewal, Gadrana, Kamal, Pakka Sahida, Hansu, Dadu and Aseer from Kalanwali; and Rori, Faggu, Thiraj, Kurangawali and Jhorarrohi coming under Rori police station.
The police have also identified Town Park, railway station, Subhash Basti, JJ Colony and green belts of Sirsa town where drug addicts consume heroin and other intoxicants.
Meanwhile, after inputs that drugs like heroin are being supplied to addicts in the government-run de-addiction centre, the district authorities in Sirsa have taken several measures to check it.
Priyanka Sinha, Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associate (CMGGA) at Sirsa, said that the number of beds at the centre have also been increased from 10 to 22.
She said security has been deployed outside the de-addiction centre to stop unauthorised persons from entering. Also, unique identity slips were being issued to the relatives of inmates.
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The survey was part of ‘Prabal Prahar’, a drive against drugs launched two months ago
Sirsa SP Hamid Akhtar is learnt to have sent a list of villages to Director General of Police BS Sandhu
He has requested Sandhu to take up with the government the issue of providing sports facilities to these villages so that youths could channel their energy towards something fruitful