Facing criticism from all corners over the drug menace spreading its tentacles in Punjab, particularly Doaba region, the Jalandhar zone police in a first has ordered to set up special task forces to keep tabs on drug sellers and consumers.
In an order dated June 10 by inspector general of police (IGP) Jalandhar zone Nirmal Singh Dhillon, three squads of task force have been set up at each police station and for every single task force villages have also been located as the work area.
“Headed by an assistant sub inspector-level officer, each team comprises two male constables and as many female constables. The teams have been allotted certain villages falling under the police station concerned.
They will not only check the drug flow in villages but will also help the consumers rehabilitate,” said Dhillon, while talking to Hindustan Times.
These squads have been named anti-drug task force.
The inspector general of police said the teams had already started functioning in police districts of Jalandhar rural, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana rural, Khanna and Fatehgarh Sahib in Jalandhar zone.
They would also form social groups at the village level comprising volunteers ready to help the police in this cause, he added.
“Our teams will identify exservicemen, retired policemen, members of youth club and women who will give us information about drug suppliers at the village level.
They will also help us identifying those hooked to drugs,” the senior police official said.
As per the inspector general of police’s orders, the task force will directly report to a deputy superintendent of police-level officer, who will be entrusted with this task.
“To check out whether the task force is actually working or not a special flying squad has also been formed at the SSP level. This squad will get independent feedback at the ground level about the task force,” said the IGP, who has prepared the special programme to tackle drug issue.
To implement this programme, the IGP has already held meeting with task force members at the village level and the special training is being provided to the task force members over how to deal with the villagers.
“Putting all drug peddlers in jail at one time is not a solution to the problem. It has been seen that once peddlers come out on bail, they again starts the same thing.
Our squads at village level will give us proper feedback on the issue,” the inspector general of police further said.