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Women come out to keep drug sellers off villages during night

Surinder Maan, Hindustan Times  Bilaspur (Moga), May 24, 2014
First Published: 10:22 IST(24/5/2014) | Last Updated: 10:26 IST(24/5/2014)

After the failure of the police to stop the entry of drug peddlers to villages during night, hundreds of women of several villages, under the Nihal Singh Wala subdivision, have started a campaign under the ‘night domination operation’ to keep an eye on the drug peddlers, who sell heroin and ‘chitta’ (a drug) to villagers during night.

Women volunteers of the campaign warned that if the administration failed to catch the drug peddlers, who allegedly operate at the behest of some ruling SAD leaders, they would launch an agitation in all the villages in the district and would also start holding protests outside the offices of the authorities concerned.

The women, armed with wooden sticks and sharpedged weapons, keep a watch on the entry of drug peddlers during the night.

Late Thursday night, they gheraoed a drug smuggler at Bilaspur village, 46 km from here, but due to some lapse on the part of women volunteers, the culprit managed to escape, Amarjit Kaur Bilaspur, a senior leader of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act workers’ union told HT.

“The youths in villages are the most affected by drug addiction,” she said. Two days ago, a liquor contractor was forced to close down his shop from Bilaspur village after strong protests of villagers. Amarjit Kaur Bilaspur said, “The government has failed to curb the illegal sale of drugs.

‘Chitta’ is easily available in all villages of Nihal Singh Wala subdivision as some Akali leaders are promoting its sale.”

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