On Thursday, the second day of the ongoing dope tests and physical trials for recruitment of constables in Punjab Police, 7,641 candidates were tested, of which 255 (3.3%) tested positive for drugs. Of these, 119 (1.5 %) were found to be under the influence of dangerous, habit-forming drugs while the 136 others had used non-addictive, performance-enhancing drugs for physical trials.
On the first day, of the 7,800 candidates tested across the state, 294 tested positive for drugs. That is 3.7%, but includes those who used non-addictive, performance-enhancing drugs. Those found using addictive drugs were 1.5% of all tested.
The whole of July will see almost 4.7 lakh male applicants undergo a five-drug dope test, conducted by the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, Faridkot, using kits which can be used on the spot. Woman candidates (almost 1.23 lakh) do not have to undertake the dope test. There are 7,416 posts (6,252 for men and 1,164 for women), and all the applicants are below the age of 28.
On an average 400 candidates were called at more than 27 test centres. Other than the dope test, candidates had to undertake a 1600-metre race, long and high jumps besides 500 sit-ups.