Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Dakha, HS Phoolka was surprised to fing a lock at the gate of a drug de-addiction centre at the Red Cross building on Brown Hospital road when he visited on Monday. On his round to visit these centres, he found only two patients in the de-addiction centre at the civil hospital.
In January 2014, the then deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal inaugurated the much-hyped 15-bed de-addiction centre at the Red Cross building.
Phoolka said the centre was non-functional and the instruments were gathering dust. He also talked to patients in the de-addiction centre at the civil hospital. He added that the patients complained about the treatment.
The advocate-turned-politician said there was only one doctor in all three de-addiction centres in Ludhiana. Criticising the SAD-BJP government, Phoolka said the government had turned a blind eye towards the issue of drug menace though it was one of the major problems the state was facing. He claimed that members of the ruling party were involved in drug peddling.
He further added that the drug de-addiction centre at Ludhiana central jail held more patients than any other de-addiction centre in the city because police implicated youngsters in drug peddling cases instead of nabbing the culprits. Phoolka claimed that if voted to power, the AAP will send drug peddlers to jail.
BLURB: Drug de-addiction centre at Ludhiana central jail holds more patients than any other centre in city because police implicate youngsters in drug peddling cases instead of nabbing culprits, says AAP’s Dakha candidate