A 'New Life' campaign has been launched by the Dehradun Police to break a nexus of drug peddling and curb illegal liquor sales in the city.
Under the campaign, launched on April 15, raids were conducted at various restaurants and dhabas on the outskirts of the city which were found serving alcohol without a valid liquor licence.
Police officials said those illegally stocking and retailing liquor in restaurants would be booked under the Excise Act.
The campaign is being led by inspector Mahesh Joshi. People have been asked to inform the police whenever they identify such food joints and the identity of the informer would be kept secret.
Personnel of women's helpline have also been made part of the campaign. They have been given the power to operate independently and don't require prior permission from the police.
CO City Manoj Katyal said around six raids have been conducted in the city so far. While three raids uncovered a drug network, the other three were related to illegal serving of alcohol.
Places where raids were conducted include Premnagar area and Maggie Point.
Katyal said the police was thinking of setting up counselling units at educational institutions that would tell students about the perils of drug consumption.
"We have been acting on the complaints and conducting raids, though some of the leads have not yet materialised," said Mahesh.
He added that many restaurants and dhabas in the city have become centres of alcoholism. "We are keeping an eye on such food joints and have asked the owners to mend their ways. We would be initiating strict action against them in the future if such activities continue on their premises," he said.