The city police have their task cut out: To keep tabs on parties that are being planned on the New Year eve.
The police have stepped up vigil as they suspect many parties on the cards in private places and farmhouses in the city would turn out to be rave parties.
Gurgaon police commissioner KK Sindhu said, “We will leave no stone unturned to ensure the people enjoy New Year peacefully and no unlawful activities take place.” According to experts, Gurgaon, with its large number of MNCs, IT firms and BPOs, is a “major market” for drug peddlers.
“There is a demand for contraband drugs among youths and a network of drug peddlers caters to them. It is not very difficult to get it. Certain paan shops and pubs sell narcotic substances,” said a police official who doesn’t want to be identified. Psychiatrists and de-addiction specialists have claimed that the number of youths addicted to drugs in the city has gone up, though they failed to give an exact figure.
Dr Brahmadeep Sindhu, a senior psychiatrist and specialist at Civil Hospital’s De-addiction Centre, said, “The number of youths taking drugs such as opium, smack and marijuana and alcohol is on the rise in Gurgaon. All the 10 beds in the rehabilitation centre remain occupied throughout the year.”
“Most of the patients who come to us belong to the neo-rich category with expendable income,” Sindhu said.
He welcomed the Haryana government's decision to ban ‘hookah bars’ in the city.
According to a drug peddler, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is the most popular among youths.
Besides, cocaine, marijuana, and opium are also high in demand.
“Our business is conducted through word of mouth. We have a dedicated clientele and most of them are educated middle class and upper middle class youths. New Year is a big time for our business,” he added.
Vikram Singh, an executive who uses drugs occasionally, said, “Drugs are available in Gurgaon. That does not mean that you go and get it. You need to know the conduit or source.