A cycle rally was organised in the city against the drug menace by Student Organisation of India (SOI) on Saturday. Over 400 participants including school children, government officials, industrialists and political leaders took part in the rally, which began in the early morning.
Ludhiana police commissioner Pramod Ban, member of legislative assembly (MLA) Manpreet Singh Ayali, SOI's national coordinator Parambans Singh Bunty Romana, Shiromani Akali Dal Ludhiana president Madan Lal Bagga, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Paramjit Pannu were the prominent personalities, who led the cycle rally. The rally was themed 'high on sports, not on drugs.'
The cycle rally was flagged off from Bhai Bala Chowk on Ferozepur road and concluded outside MBD mall covering the stretch of at least five kilometres in the morning hours.
A large number of people from all walks of life, teachers from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), SCD Government College, Kamla Lohtia College and other institutions participated in the rally, which was organised by the SOI's malwa zone president Meetpal Singh Dugri. SOI spokesperson cum advisor Ravinderpal Singh Minku, secretary general Prabhjyot Singh Dhaliwal and media incharge Sahibjot Singh Chawla also contributed for rally.
Commissioner of police Pramod Ban said the cycle rally against the drug menace and promoting sports was a good step.
Romana felicitated SOI malwa zone team led by its president Meetpal Singh Dugri for organising the event in which people from all the walks participated.
MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali also appreciated the SOI team for their social events of cycle rally, and plantation drive, blood donation camps, health check up camps and others that had taken in the past.
Meetpal Singh Dugri thanked the senior leadership and said that it was the youth who could bring a change in the society of Punjab.
"For bringing a change, it is important that the youth are healthy and away from drugs. We have initiated a drive that would bring forth the negative impacts of drugs on mind and body of the youths," said Dugri.