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Unidentified persons target Patiala primary health centre to meet ‘drug addiction needs’

punjab Updated: Jun 30, 2016 15:31 IST
Harinder Singh Khaira
Harinder Singh Khaira
Hindustan Times
Kapoori village

To meet their ‘drug addiction’ needs, some unidentified persons barged into the mini primary health centre (PHC) premises at Kapoori village, 30-km from here, on the intervening night of June 27 and 28 and by breaking the locks of the store room, stole the medicines that could be used as ‘drugs only’.

It is learnt that 50 units of cough syrup and 100 tablets of Diclo-SP, which is used as a painkiller in allopathy was stolen from the centre. Notably, it is the mini PHC that has only OPD services from 8 am to 2 pm.

Dr Nirmal Dass, medical officer of the centre, confirmed the burglary incident and said it was a pre-planned attempt of some unidentified drug addicts. He added that probably the offenders barged into the premises in the night by jumping the boundary wall and broke the two locks that were installed on the main gate of the centre.

“Surely it is the task of some drug addicts as they directly broke the lock of the store room and opted to steal only those medicines which can be used for drug purposes. Lots of other valuable medicines remained untouched in the store. The miscreants took away the cough syrups and the painkillers,” said Dass. A case was registered against unidentified persons under Sections 457 (trespassing by night) and 380 (theft) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Ghanour police station.

Station house officer (SHO) Pawan Kumar said the police team had inspected the incident spot after receiving the information of theft and investigations were on to nab the culprits in the case.

“It seems that the crime was committed by some drug addicts. But there is the possibility of the involvement of a staff member in the theft, as the episode was well planned,” said the SHO.