Police on Friday claimed to have arrested a drug peddler and identified 23 others who had been buying drugs from the accused .
According to the police statement issued here, the accused namely Zuhaib Hussain Bhat alias Raja son of Mohammad Hussain Bhat resident of Kadikadal , was arrested on July 9, 2017 with six boxes of prescription drugs.
Consequently, a case FIR number 59/ 2017 under section 8/21 NDPS Act was registered in Police Station Maharaj Gunj and further investigation was taken up.
During the course of investigation, the accused revealed that he had been selling the drug to people especially youth at exorbitant rates; as high as Rs 500 a strip having MRP of Rs 42.
Subsequently, 23 persons were identified who were buying drugs from Zuhaib. Most of them were called to police station for questioning.
Their urine screening revealed that they had been using drugs after which the parents of these youths were sensitized about the issue.
“These affected youths were then shifted to Drug De-addiction Centre Srinagar where they are being treated” police said.
The accused Zuhaib was also tested positive for the drug abuse and is however being treated in the custody.
Meanwhile, more people are expected to be arrested for appropriate action/ treatment.
Police in its message has requested people to keep a watch over their children for their better future.