To tackle the menace of drug abuse, women of a colony of sleepy town Zira, largely a rural area and a sub-division of the district, have formed a self-help group and started guarding the vicinity against drug traffickers.
“In Basti Machiya, situated at Zira, 32 km away from Ferozepur, a majority of youth could be found consuming drugs. Two of them had died recently,” said Nasib Kaur, a member of the self-help group.
“The administration and the police had been apprised of the issue a number of times but no initiative was taken to check the drug mafia.
We have now decided to save our men from the clutches of contraband,” said Ninder Kaur, another self-help group member, with firm determination.
“We are keeping a hawk’s eye on the activities of youth of vicinity and on outsiders. We don’t hesitate to search or catch hold of the suspect,” added Harbans Kaur of the group.
“Initially youth are lured with free drugs. Once they become an addict, they are exploited and told to make new preys,” she said.
In the last fortnight, they have succeeded in convincing 17 youths of their area to undergo de-addiction process. They are presently under-going treatment by Rachpal Singh, an active social worker who is also a medical practitioner.
They even had catch hold of a drug seller but he managed to flee. Though he has been identified and the police was informed about his whereabouts but yet no action had been taken for the last many days, they rued.
“Drug business is flourishing. Even security agencies, including the police are well aware about those indulging in this drug racket but no one dares to stop it,” said Rachpal Singh.
“People are managing from their own pocket or taking help from generous residents to facilitate the treatment of youth who wish to quit drugs. The government should at least set up a de-addiction centre here,” he demanded.
The SSP Ferozepur appreciated the measures taken by women of Basti Machiya.
“Strict action will be taken against the drug mafia soon. Security to such women will be provided so that more people might come forward to help them to wipe out the drug trade,” said the SSP.