Tackling drug menace: Residents seek helpline

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2016 13:52 IST
Members of a Batala club on a hunger strike outside Bularia Park in Amritsar on Sunday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Led by ‘Sabh Da Bhala Humanity Club Batala’ president Navtej Singh Guggu, women whose kin have been trapped in drug menace, and social workers continued their hunger strike on Sunday outside Bularia Park here seeking helpline number to be introduced for complaining the police about drug traders.

Besides Guggu, social workers Parwinder Kaur (Batala), Rajinder Kaur (Batala), Daljit Kaur (Dera Baba Nanak), Gurmeet Kaur (Batala) and Usha Rani (Dasuha) also sat on the strike that started on Saturday and would continue till Monday.

Speaking to HT, Guggu said the drug smugglers have pushed our society into critical condition as their practice made the youth addicted to dangerous drugs. “The addiction of heroin and other synthetic drugs have claimed many precious lives of youths so far. So, curbing the drug traders should be on top priorities of the administration,” he said. “As the government has introduced toll free helpline number for women to curb crime against them, similar number of three digits should be there to curb drug menace. There should be provision that anybody can report about the drug trader who comes to his notice, at this number. On the basis of this information provided at this number, action against the smuggler should be made mandatory and name of the complainant should not be disclosed,” he said.

He added, “Secondly, the smugglers whose names are mentioned on banner displayed on the premises of stir must be arrested at the earliest. If the government fails to meet our demands, staging protest outside the DC office at Gurdaspur would be our next action plan.”

“My only 21-year-old son had taken drug injection on his right arm due to which the arm had to be cut by doctors. Right now, he is in critical condition and receiving treatment at Guru Nanak Hospital, Amritsar, for the past one month with the help of the club,” said Gurmeet Kaur, resident of Batala, while telling her story of her sorrows. Similar, story was told by Usha Rani whose 23-year-old son, brother of four sisters, has been trapped in drug menace and also in serious condition in same hospital.

In addition, Rachna, Santosh, Bhappi and Jeeto whose husbands died of drug addiction, were also present on the occasion to appeal to the government to save the society and take measure to stop further destruction.

Sahib Singh (Jivan-Jach Sansatha), Manjinder Singh (Anti-drug Federation Punjab), Rajan Singh (Khalsa Sangharsh Committee) and representatives of various social and student organisations were there to support the cause of the agitators.

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