Residents and members of the apartment owners’ association on Tuesday met the district magistrate and senior superintendent of police and asked them to check drug use prevalent in Indirapuram and take action against alleged drug peddlers active in the area.
The residents submitted a complaint with the officials at the Tehsil Diwas held in Nehru Nagar on Tuesday. They claimed that some people were allegedly selling drugs such as marijuana and brown sugar in the area.
“We asked officials to take action immediately as our children are affected by the menace. Drugs are sold at some shops and unauthorised kiosks. My son fell victim to the habit and I had to send him to a rehabilitation centre. He has been at the centre for the past three months,” said the father of an engineering student.
“I saw a sudden change in his behaviour. He started asking for extra money on the pretext of buying books and paying fees. His health also deteriorated. There are several places where drugs are sold to youngsters. We are also ready to hand over phone numbers of suspicious people who could be involved in the racket,” he said.
Another resident said that last year, he caught some students taking drugs on a rooftop.
“I got worried about my son’s future as he lives in the same locality. As parents, we need to be cautious,” he said.
Another parent said, “My son too was given a cigarette containing drug by his senior at school. We noticed a change in his behaviour. When we questioned him, he told us about the incident. Although he did not pick up the habit, we have become cautious and have started going to his school to pick him up. We also keep an eye on his daily activities.”
“Several residents have told us about such incidents and we have submitted a complaint with officials and requested them to take action. We had submitted a similar complaint in February too,” said Alok Kumar from the Federation of Apartment Owners’ Association (Fed-AOA).
Senior superintendent of police Dharmendra Singh assured residents of action and issued directions to the Indirapuram police to look into the issue.
“We have ordered officials to form teams of officials who will move around in civil clothes and take inputs from residents about suspicious kiosks, shops and people involved in supplying drugs,” he said.