Gurdaspur police have intensified their ongoing drive against drug peddlers in the district.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhwant Singh Gill, while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, said that 49 persons were arrested under the NDPS Act from May 20 to June 10 in the district and 14-kg poppy husk, 4-gm smack, 8-kg narcotic powder, 7,355 intoxicant capsules and 225 tablets were recovered from their possession.
Gill said that the police arrested 96 persons under the Excise Act and recovered 38,89,600 ml illicit liquor, 2130 kg of 'lahan' and 4 working stills from the them during the said period.
He said that the police had enlisted 13 smugglers of 'A grade' in the district and out of them, seven have been arrested while the rest of them have gone absconding.
He remarked that the police had also enlisted 25 smugglers of 'B grade', most of whom were already in jail while the rest of them have been arrested.
Gill said that the police also rounded up 45 smugglers of 'C grade' as part of their anti-drug drive.
Gill said that along with the action against the drug peddlers, the police have also launched an awareness campaign against drug abuse in the district.
He said that he is holding a series of small meetings with the people in different areas to make them aware of the ill effects of consumption of various intoxicants.
He said that since there are vacations in schools and colleges, he was holding village and 'mohalla' level gatherings to educate the general public about the harmful effects of drug abuse.
The SSP informed that he was holding meetings with the chemists urging them not to sell intoxicant drugs without the prescription of a qualified doctor.
Gill said that he was also holding meetings with the doctors and RMPs, seeking their cooperation in controlling the menace of drug abuse.
He warned the police officials from the district that they would not be spared if they are found to involved in drug-peddling.
Gill said that the state government is also holding parleys with the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan to seek their collaboration to effectively check flow of illicit liquor, narcotics and other intoxicants from those states to Punjab.
Meanwhile, Gurdaspur civil surgeon Dr Rajneesh Sood appealed to the drug addicts to come to the government de-addiction centres at the civil hospital, Batala and the newly set up de-addiction centre at Babri village near here for treatment.