Drug addict Kaka Singh, who tried to immolate himself on Sunday at the Standard Chowk here, by pouring kerosene on his body, has threatened to repeat the act in protest against the non-availability and his inability to buy opium. He cried foul over the state government’s so-called efforts for de-addiction.
Kaka, working as a labourer in a private factory at Handiaya, was spending Rs 4,000 on opium every month out of his salary of Rs 8,000. He said he has been addicted to opium for the last four decades.
Kaka alleged that rising cost of opium at Rs 6,000 a kg in the market forced him to commit suicide. He said he would try to repeat it if the drug or proper medical care for de-addiction was not provided to him.
Kaka said, “Instead of harassing poor addicts like me, the state government should target druglords. Nothing happened to cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia despite being named by druglord Bhola in patronising the drugs trade in the state.”
Kaka said, “If the government cannot provide help to me for de-addiction, I should be allowed to take help of private doctors.”
Kaka said that after administering injections on Sunday at 2pm, no doctor visited him till afternoon on Monday.
SMO Jasvir Singh Aulakh, however, denied it saying, “Our doctors have continuous tab on the condition of the patient. There is no lapse on the part of our team.” SSP Opinderjit Singh Ghuman visited the civil hospital to know about the condition of Kaka Singh.
DSP Harpal Singh said, “Our efforts are on to rehabilitate him. The psychiatrist of the civil hospital will try to make him get rid of the habit.” The police have registered a case against Kaka Singh for bid to commit suicide