73 drug peddlers arrested, 15 detained under PSA: Police
PAMPORE: Police organised a daylong anti-drug awareness programme under the banner of “Say Yes To Life and No To Drugs” at a Townhall in the Pampore area of south Kashmir’s police district Awantipora on Saturday.
The debate competition was also held during the programme. SSP Awantipora Mohammad Yousuf was the chief guest, while SDPO Pampore Mir Imtiyaz Ahmad, DSP (Prob) Syed Aqeel, SHO Pampore Zahoor Ahmad, Principal GDC Pampore Dr Huda Galzai, Municipal Committee Pampore chairman Malik Yaqoob were guests of honour.
Fallah Behbood Committee Pampore, Idara Auqaf Islamia Trust Pampore, civil society members, traders federation, growers, health officials, youth, numberdars, chowkidars and a number of students from different education institutions took part in the programme. The participants appreciated the role of the police in conducting such awareness programmes and building a bridge of trust between police and the youth.
The programme was organised with the motive of generating awareness among the public about the menace of drugs, its side effects and the steps to be taken to eradicate this menace from society. Later, a debate competition was organised in which 1st position was bagged by Tahzeem Javaid, 2nd position by Tufail Javaid and 3rd position was bagged by Mehak Andrabi. The position holders were awarded mementoes and appreciation certificates. Participation certificates were also distributed among all participants.
Taking to Kashmir Reader, civil society members Bashir Ahmad Shah, Haji Abdul Rasheed Bhat, Mir Murwat Hussain and Municipal Committee Pampore chairman Malik Yaqoob appreciated the police district Awantipora for organizing the programme. They assured of playing their part in eradicating the menace. They also appealed to parents to keep an eye on their wards.
They said that mosque imams have to play their part in creating mass awareness among people about the menace. They also demanded the establishment of a rehabilitation centre at Saffron Town Pampore. “A temporary arrangement should be made at Sub District Hospital Pampore till such a facility is created,” they said.
SSP Awantipora, Mohammad Yusuf, said that he has already taken the issue of the rehabilitation centre with higher authorities. He said the issue of drug abuse is a challenge and it is the duty of all stakeholders to join hands in creating awareness about the illegal use of drugs and should adopt the measures to prevent this menace. He appreciated participants for cooperating with Police.
He also said that public cooperation is necessary for the eradication of the menace of drugs from society. He stressed upon the participants to share all such information related to drug supply in the area so that action under the law shall be taken. All the dignitaries also delivered speeches related to drug abuse and its side effects.
On the occasion, SDPO Pampore, Mir Imtiyaz said Pampore Police arrested 73 drug peddlers and registered 40 FIRs under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act in which 15 drug peddlers have been detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) in the last few years in the Saffron town.
“The local people, parents and other civil society members need to cooperate with police,” he said, adding that drug abuse has multiple ill effects not only on the health of an addict but also on social relations.