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Punjab on a drug high: DGP Saini

Now, Punjab doesn't just deal in synthetic drugs such as heroin, but residents have also started consuming them. The drug menace has reached an alarming situation in Punjab and the police are concerned about it. What is more concerning is that the youth is falling in its prey. Top officials of Punjab are studying the pattern thoroughly, Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini said on a visit to Ludhiana on Saturday.

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2012 00:05 IST
Tarsem Singh Deogan

Now, Punjab doesn't just deal in synthetic drugs such as heroin, but residents have also started consuming them. The drug menace has reached an alarming situation in Punjab and the police are concerned about it. What is more concerning is that the youth is falling in its prey. Top officials of Punjab are studying the pattern thoroughly, Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini said on a visit to Ludhiana on Saturday.


He said this in a meeting with local police officials. He addressed mediapersons before the meeting. He said drug peddlers allegedly lure people especially the youth by offering them free-of-cost drugs. "Once the youth tastes it, they develop a habit to consume drugs. The Punjab police have recovered drugs in huge quantity in the past few months. This indicates that there is a rapid trade of drugs in the state," he added.

To curb the drug menace and to deter terrorist activities, the Punjab police have to strengthen the dog squad. The police have added more sniffer dogs, who would help the police curb drug menace and terrorist activities.

"Punjab is growing and the cities are developing overnight. Ludhiana is an industrial state and growing rapidly. To improve policing in big cities such as Ludhiana, the department has provided infrastructure and force," said the DGP.

"The Ludhiana police commissionerate has been provided with 10 more fully equipped patrolling SUVs and 35 new PCR motorcycles. The PCR staff has been provided with personnel from the India Reserve Battalion (IRB)," he added.

The DGP showed concern regarding HIV + police officials. He said it was a serious issue and social reforms would soon be introduced for police personnel. Police commissioner Ishwar Singh said to curb drinking and driving, the police have procured 10 more alcometers. The police already had five alcometers.

DGP Saini said to supervise traffic and to maintain law and order situation in the city, the Punjab police would install CCTV cameras at public places and sensitive points. The control of the CCTVs would be in the local police control room, which would improve the efficiency of the police.