Carrying on with its drive against begging, the district administration nabbed 62 beggars from different areas of the city on Saturday.
As many as 20 beggars with injuries were sent to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, while six were drug addicts, who were immediately admitted in the de-addiction centre functional under the Red Cross Society.
Two beggars, suspected to be members of organised gangs involved in operating the begging racket, were handed over to the police, while two more beggars were let off as they promised not to beg again and earn their livelihood in a respectable manner.
The remaining beggars, including 15 minors, were shifted to the Shelter Home at Hambran Road where they were provided with food, clean clothes and were groomed.
The drive commenced around 8.30am under the supervision of additional deputy commissioner (development) Isha Kalia, along with a large squad of cops. The team visited Durga Mata Mandir, Dandi Swami Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Bhai Bala Chowk and various other areas.
A large number of beggars managed to flee after seeing the administration teams with cops.
On being asked about the injuries, one of the beggars said, “These injuries are selfinflicted so as to get sympathy from the public. Many a times, people even give us Rs 100-500 to get first aid.”
A beggar caught from a traffic signal had gone to the extent of getting an injection for numbness after which he used to inflict injury on his leg at the same place.
Deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal said, “We will ensure that these addicts are treated properly and are rehabilitated. In addition, we have also convened meetings with industrialists and non-government organisations (NGOs) who have come forward to extend support to the beggars and their families. Also, the administration, along with the police, is seriously working towards exposing those working behind these beggars.”
He also visited the shelter home to interact with beggars and requested them to give up begging.
The DC also encouraged the minors to go for education and promised to make provision for the same.
City-based social activist Radhika Jaitwani and NGO Noble Foundation president Rajinder Sharma also accompanied the district administration team and counselled the beggars.
In addition, two industrialists also reached the shelter home and made provision for refreshments for the beggars and promised to provide skill development training followed by employment.
The first drive was conducted two weeks ago.