Drug addicts are giving the police a difficult time in and outside the lock-up.
Spitting at the police officials or throwing excreta at them are some of their tricks to evade arrest.
“Most addicts are booked for petty offences such as theft or assault. When our team goes to arrest them, they cover their clothes with excreta. Then they dare the police team to nab them,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
On an average, four to five addicts are arrested every week. After their arrest, policemen have to bear the brunt of their violent behaviour and unending tantrums.
"They first abuse us when we refuse to give them drugs. When that does not seem to work, they start inflicting wounds on themselves by banging their head on the bars of the lock-up. Sometimes they go to an extent to breaking the light bulbs inside the lock-up and use it to cut themselves. Some have even tried eating the glass pieces. Later, we have to explain their actions in the court," said another senior police officer.
On some occasions, the addicts refuse to eat unless they are either released or given drugs. "When they become violent, we take them to a doctor who gives them sedatives,” said Jaywant Hargude, assistant commissioner of police (crime).
"As they are very frail, hitting them is out of question. If you threaten them, they laugh at us and continue abusing us," said a police officer from a suburban police station.
Their drug habit is the reason of their taking to crimes — mostly chain or bag-snatching.
"Addicts hardly commit crimes that require brains. They need money and would attack anybody for a dose of drugs,” said a crime branch official.