SRINAGAR: During his Zero hour speech in the ongoing assembly session, Health Minister Lal Singh said that it was not unemployment, but the J&K police which was responsible for increasing drug abuse in Kashmir.
“Nobody will talk about how the police is actually responsible for the drug menace. If there is a weak SHO, things are bound to regress. Drugs are not spread by unemployment. What has unemployment to do with a teenager student who consumes drugs?” Singh said, while responding to suggestions of members on how to curb the drug menace in state.
Saying that the police needs to focus on arresting ‘the source’ providing drugs, not addicts, he posited the issue of corruption within the force by asking, “Do you know the rate for an SHO who is posted at Lakhanpur?”