Wannabe cops in Haryana running on steroids, 3 dead
Third drug cheat has died in a week of Haryana Police recruitment drive here, so far, and 100-odd have been moved to hospital.india Updated: Jul 01, 2016 10:47 IST
Third drug cheat has died in a week of Haryana Police recruitment drive in Kurukshetra, so far, and 100-odd have been moved to hospital.
The latest victim, Bhupinder Singh of Sonepat’s Kathura village, collapsed during a fitness test on Wednesday morning. From the Kurukshetra civil hospital, he was moved to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, where he died that night. On June 24, overdosing on performance-enhancing drugs during the selection process had killed a candidate each from Hisar and Bhiwani.
The recruitment of constables began on June 15 at Kurukshetra Police Lines and will go on till July 3. Sources in the civil hospital confirmed the cause of three deaths. Kurukshetra civil surgeon Dr SK Nain told HT about the continuous flow of candidates with “suspected drug overdose and symptoms of vomiting and psychotic behaviour”. “Most of these youths,” he said, “have overdosed on Amphetamine, Deca-Durabolin and Mephentermine — which are performanceenhancing steroids for better endurance level — and some had also taken opium.”
He said autopsy report would give more details of the killer drugs but symptoms suggested these were cheap versions of narcotics. A staff selection commission official monitoring the recruitment process said: “We don’t have the facility and men to do 15,000 dope tests every day and 2 lakh over the entire campaign.”
The Kurukshetra police are yet to file any FIR (first-information report) against drug cheats. “But we are on with investigation,” said Kurukshetra deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Krishan Kumar. SP Simardeep Singh could not be contacted even after repeated attempts.