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Dark side of Chandigarh: Drug overdose kills 18-year-old son of police constable

The banned injections in Chandigarh are sold at a price ranging from Rs 250 to Rs 300 and are being brought to city from Ambala, 50 kilometre from the city.

punjab Updated: Jun 22, 2017 14:28 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
This is the second death reported due to drug overdose in the Chandigarh this year.(Shutterstock)

The death of Anirudh (18), son of Chandigarh police constable, due to drug overdose brings to the fore the dark recesses of City Beautiful.

Anirudh went missing from his house on June 14. His highly decomposed body was recovered by police near Nada Sahib in Panchkula. Anirudh was pursuing graduation.

His father Rajesh Kumar alleged that he was killed owing to drug overdose and his friend Manbir Malhotra had later dumped the body in Chandimandir area.

Police have arrested Malhotra on charges of Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 201 (disappearance of evidence).

This is the second death reported due to drug overdose in the city this year.On May 27, another death due to drug overdose was reported from Dadumajra Colony. Saurabh (19), who had been treated at drug de-addiction centre in Sector 16 for six months, was found dead on the roof of the house of his close friend Kaali at in Sector 38.

Kaali is also an addict and had been admitted to drug de-addiction centre in PGI.

“The synthetic drug use is on the rise among the youngsters as they cost less,” said Pawan Kumar DSP (Crime). “Investigations have revealed that more youngsters from middle class families are hooked to the abuse of injections,” Kumar said.

The banned injections in the city are sold at a price ranging from Rs 250 to Rs 300 and are being brought to city from Ambala, 50 kilometre from the city.

Sources in police said the unauthorised medical stores and chemist shops in villages pose a challenge as they sell drugs without prescription. Sources added that the synthetic drugs are being sold by the drug peddlers from residential areas to fixed the clients between the age group of 14 and 38.

Rampant use of synthetic drug

The rampant use of synthetic drugs by city’s youngsters is posing a big challenge for police. The police have seized 2,800 injections this year.

The issue was also discussed in the meeting of CIA officials of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh on May 23. Chandigarh police had raised the issue of banned tablets and injections being smuggled into city from Ambala. Their counterparts in Ambala were asked to keep a check on pharmaceutical companies and chemist shops, involved in selling banned pharmaceuticals to peddlers.

Even the police report submitted before the Punjab and Haryana high court in February 2017 had pointed out the increase in the substance abuse, particularly of the synthetic drugs.

Cases of deaths due to drug overdose

August 4, 2016: Sandeep Thakur (24), a resident of Sector 29, was found dead in a saloon. His death was due to drug overdose. The police had arrested the saloon owner.

October 24, 2015: Nipun Kalia (23), Himachal Pradesh native and an engineering student of a private college in Landran, was found dead at his paying guest accommodation in Sector 37, Chandigarh.

October 21, 2014: Daughter of an eatery owner in Sector 22 was found dead. Her body was found in a drain on Rajpura Road near Shambhu barrier. The police arrested Rajat Beniwal, a Panjab University student; Kamal Singh, a dhaba owner; and Dilpreet, also a student

First Published: Jun 22, 2017 14:06 IST