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Thousands pledge to say no to drugs

To weed out the social evil of drugs, thousands of people pledged to say no to drugs during an anti-drugs rally, 'Punjabio Jaggo, Nashe Tyago' here on Monday. Dakha member of legislative assembly (MLA), Manpreet Singh Ayali, organised the rally to create awareness and motivate people to raise voice against drugs.

punjab Updated: Jan 06, 2014 19:03 IST
Harshraj Singh

To weed out the social evil of drugs, thousands of people pledged to say no to drugs during an anti-drugs rally, 'Punjabio Jaggo, Nashe Tyago' here on Monday.


Dakha member of legislative assembly (MLA), Manpreet Singh Ayali, organised the rally to create awareness and motivate people to raise voice against drugs. The MLA also released a number for the public - 9781600342 - to inform them about sale of drugs.

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Ayali said, “We gave the number so that people can complain to us. Nobody will be allowed to sell drugs. We are pasting posters about the ill-effects of drugs to motivate people to say no to them in the villages under the Dakha constituency. We will also create awareness in schools and colleges and organise seminars in villages.”

People were informed about the ill-effects of drug addiction through a play, 'Ehna Zakhma Da Ki Kariye'. The play was staged by the artists of Lok Kala Manch, Mullanpur, and showcased how a family lost both their sons to drugs.

Assistant inspector general of police (IGP), Gurpreet Singh Toor, said, “We need to stop the supply of drugs and provide proper treatment to drug-addicts and help them get rid of their addiction. Awareness can play a major role to remove this social evil. Under the drive, we would create more awareness about its ill-effects in rural areas.”

According to police, majority of drug cases were being reported from Mullanpur and nearby areas.

Appreciating the efforts to spread awareness among people, a resident of Dakha, Surjit Singh, said, “The police and politicians can stop the sale of drugs if they work honestly. Everybody should support such drives so that precious lives of youngsters can be saved. This is the first awareness rally where I saw thousands of people coming forward for it.”