A family lost its only son to drug overdose on Saturday evening and two other young men had a narrow escape.
Naresh Kumar (26) of Badali Ala Singh was found unconscious in the village grain market, and was dead by the time villagers moved him to the Fatehgarh Sahib civil hospital. People then informed his family and police. Knocked out near a tube-well of the same village after overdosing, two youth from Chunni Kalan — Anmoljit Singh and Sukhjinder Singh (both 27) — survived.
The victim’s family says he left home around 11am to meet friends and, later, it got to know that he was lying unconscious at some place. Naresh’s paternal uncle, Amarvir Singh, said that someone had given his nephew a drug he couldn’t tolerate.
Police registered a case of unnatural death and handed over the body to the youth’s family after autopsy. “We await a final report from the chemical examiner at Kharar to know which drug killed him,” Badali Ala Singh station house officer (SHO) Sarabjit Singh said.
Police suspect that the two survivors — were with Naresh on Saturday. “On Saturday, when we asked survivor Anmoljit Singh about it, he denied it. But he was still under the influence of the drug, and we’ll record his statement once he comes out of it,” said the SHO. The officer said the victim’s family didn’t want a police case and autopsy and it took time before they were convinced.
Was it heroin?
Two Chunni Kalan villagers found unconscious beside a tubewell at Badali Ala Singh on Saturday and moved to hospital could be on heroin or a similar drug, says Dr Kuldip Singh, in charge of emergency at the Fatehgarh Sahib Civil Hospital. One of knocked-out men, Sukhjinder Singh, is critical, and doctors have referred him to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh. His companion, Anmoljit Singh, gained his senses after first aid. Police said these men had left home on Saturday morning to meet a relative at Bassi Pathana and stopped at Badali Ala Singh on their way back. No case was registered.