Gurugram Police to involve residents in its drive against drug abuseUpdated: Aug 15, 2020 23:39 IST
In order to crack down on the growing menace of drug peddlers in the city, the Gurugram Police has decided to rope in city’s residents’ welfare associations (RWA) and allow their members to share intelligence regarding the sale of narcotics in their areas.
The police said a special team has been formed to interact with residents and conduct raids in those areas where drug peddlers might be active. A helpline number to share intelligence will be launched soon to report information pertaining to drugs, said the police.
Officials added that the number would be monitored by a senior official, and people can even share information through WhatsApp calls and messages. The name of the resident sharing information will be kept a secret. The resident will also be rewarded on the basis of the information provided, the police said.
Police commissioner K K Rao said a committee will be formed, involving experts, officials and local residents, in order to curb the drug menace in the city. “We have identified areas from where drug peddlers have been arrested in the last one year. Starting Monday, mufti-clad policemen will keep a vigil in these areas to keep a check on narcotics being supplied. We are hoping to crack these supply routes and arrest people supplying narcotics to peddlers in the city,” he said.
The police said since school and colleges are closed due to the ongoing lockdown, peddlers have become active in residential areas. As such, a need was felt for greater engagement with the community so that this menace can be curbed.
Rao said any information that could provide a tip-off pertaining to the sale of drugs in residential areas could be sent through messages or shared with the station house officers(SHOs) of the respective police station. “We will take prompt action on the tip-off and the informer will be rewarded based of the recovery and arrest,” he said.
More than five teams, comprising five personnel each, will be deployed in 45 suspected residential areas to try and check the supply of drugs. The officers have also told their informers to stay alert and keep them posted.
According to the police, the demand for drugs has gone up since the imposition of the lockdown in the city. Local drug peddlers sell marijuana in pouches of 100 grams that cost anywhere between ₹1,000 and ₹1,500 depending on the quality and type of customer. Earlier the cost of one pouch used to be ₹2,000 only, said the police.