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Facing threats, anti-drug committees turn dormant

Facing threats, anti-drug committees turn dormant

Archit Watts

Tribune News Service

Muktsar, October 10

After nabbing nearly 55 addicts and peddlers in the last two-and-a-half months, anti-drug committees in the district have turned defunct.

These committees were initially quick in their action and keeping a vigil to make villages drug-free. However, in the last about a month, their activity is almost nil as they have caught just seven persons with drugs. The committee members claimed that they were not getting timely police assistance. They said it was decided that two cops would be deployed with each committee, but it was yet to turn into reality.

Anti-drug activists, who have even faced murderous attacks and received threats, are thus keeping low. They are awaiting identity cards to be issued by the STFunder the Drug Abuse Prevention Officers (DAPO) programme.

“Those arrested with our efforts are now coming out on bail, but the cops are not ready to support us. The previous SSP had assured to deploy two cops with each committee, but it did not happen. Peddlers have now stopped home delivery of contraband. Now, they sell and inject heroin at their own place and we don’t have any right to enter someone’s premises for a search,” said Parveen Bansal, coordinator, anti-drug committees, Muktsar district.

Meanwhile, Shaminder Singh, founder member of anti-drug committee, Kotli Ablu village, who is also a former sarpanch, said, “We have made our village largely free from drugs. But it is a fact that the graph of anti-drug committees’ performance has come down in the recent past.”

Another anti-drug committee member Ranjit Singh of Gurusar village said, “We are risking our lives, spending money from our pockets and making enemies as well, just for the betterment of society, but the district administration and police are not having a positive approach towards the functioning of our committees. We even fear to give information to the police about drug peddlers because the information gets leaked before even the raid.”

An SP rank officer said, “Only the SSP can make a comment on this issue.” However, Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu, SSP, Muktsar, was not available for comment.

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