Till two months ago, the by-lanes of Grant Road near Akbar Peerbhoy College, were filled with drug peddlers. But the peddlers were shown the door through the efforts of the members of Jamia Qadriya Ashrafiya, a madrassa in the area.
Maulana Syed Moinuddin Ashraf, president of the madrassa, will send a letter to Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs), police officials and masjids on Wednesday to enforce an anti-drugs campaign. This will come a day after the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is observed by the United Nations Organisation on June 26 every year.
"The drug mafia is extremely powerful, and most people are scared to complain against them," said Ashraf.
Ashraf took action against the drug peddlers after a skirmish with them resulted in four students from the school getting arrested on April 12. "One of the peddlers filed a complaint at Nagpada police station claiming that our students were involved in violence," claimed Ashraf. "We then took an anti-drug procession to the police station and with the state home minister's help, got rid of them"
""I am not aware whether the complainant was a drug peddler or not," said Deepak Deshmukh, sub-inspector, Nagpada police station.