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‘Chitta ve’? Can avail drugs more easily than salt, say residents of this Punjab village

The residents said one has to visit a grocery store to buy salt, but heroin is available at the doorsteps here.

punjab Updated: Feb 08, 2018 09:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Punjab drug menace,Heroin,Punjab news
The residents said one has to visit a grocery store to buy salt, but heroin is available at the doorsteps here. (HT File )

Contrary to the claims made by Captain Amarinder Singh-led government in Punjab about its stern action against drugs and its smuggling, the residents of Chaunta claimed that ‘Chitta’ (heroin) was easily available in their village.

They submitted a complaint to Lt Gen Tajinder Singh Shergill (retd), senior adviser to the chief minister — who visited the village on Wednesday — saying that youths of Chaunta were falling prey to drugs.

Even Congress sarpanch Rajesh Kumar raised the same issue when Shergill came to endorse the ‘Guardians of Governance’ scheme under which, ex-servicemen were allotted areas to oversee implementation of government policies.

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The residents said one has to visit a grocery store to buy salt, but heroin is available at the doorsteps here. Residents of other towns also come here to get drugs, they said, while demanding to set up a police post in the village.

The village lies under the Sahnewal constituency of Ludhiana and has a population of around 2,000 people. The residents said they were expecting that the drug peddling in the village be minimised under the Congress rule, but the situation remained the same way it was during the SAD-BJP rule. They said that two youths of the village had also died of drug overdose recently.

The village sarpanch said even schoolchildren were getting addicted to drugs.

Retired Major Harbans Singh, who is the ‘guardian’ of Sahnewal area, said they have asked the assistant commissioner of police (ACP) to take up this issue with the government.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 09:43 IST