The injectable medicines which have been banned by the government are giving a new high to the young drug addicts in Chandigarh.
This is evident from the seizures made by the police in 2017 as till now, around 2,750 banned injections have been recovered from the drug peddlers.
Faizal Khan, a resident of Phase 6, SAS Nagar, was arrested near Manimajra vegetable market on April 16 with 20 such injections.
Similarly in January, Satish, a resident of Sector 56, was nabbed from near government school in Sector 56 with police recovering 50 banned injections from his possession.
In 2014, the police had seized 1,834 such injections; in 2015, 79 injections were seized and in 2016, 1,685 injections were recovered, signifying that use of banned injections is on rise in city, especially in the slum areas and colonies in the periphery of city beautiful.
Even the police report submitted before the Punjab and Haryana high court in February 2017 had pointed out the increase in the substance abuse, particularly of the synthetic drugs.
As per the sources in police, most of the drug addicts are doubling as drug suppliers to the addicts in case of injections. Police claim that margin of profit is very high as the drug suppliers buy these injections at throw away prices and sell them at much higher rate.
Police sources claim that sale of banned injections in the city has witnessed an increase with a rise among drug addicts in colonies and villages, who are from fairly economically-weaker background. The banned injections in city are sold at price ranging from Rs 250 to Rs 300.
Slums, colonies becoming dens for drugs: Police
Chandigarh Police in its report submitted to Punjab and Haryana HC had mentioned that villages, colonies in Chandigarh and adjoining towns of tricity are source of drugs being supplied into Chandigarh.
The report was submitted on the directions of HC, to identify the source of drugs. It said that banned substances were being manufactured in the parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Punjab.
The report was prepared by a special investigation team (SIT) of the city police. The report said that victims were purchasing drugs from slum areas of the city which include Dhanas village, Milk Colony in Dhanas, Dadu Majra colony, Sector-38 (West), Sector-56, Bapu Dham colony, Manimajra, Mauli Jagran and other outer-inner areas of the city.
Police had said that contraband (non-synthetic) are mostly manufactured at the higher locations of Himachal Pradesh such as Manali, Kullu, Manikaran and Mandi. Thereafter, the drugs are supplied to Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and other parts of country, the report mentioned. It further said that synthetic drugs were being manufactured at Haridwar and Dehradun in Uttarakhand, Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district of Himachal and Vadodra in Gujarat.
The police have listed SAS Nagar, Rupnagar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ambala towns as adjoining places of Chandigarh from where, many of the suppliers are operating from.