Over 350 drug peddlers arrested in last one and a half year: IGP Kashmir

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Over 350 drug peddlers arrested in last one and a half year IGP Kashmir

30 community camps,43 school mental Health Programmes held

Srinagar : In the fight against drugs J&K police has arrested over 350 persons involved in drug related activities since last one and a half year; this was stated by Inspector General of Police Kashmir Sh. A G Mir at a Seminar organised by Shahri Khaas welfare coordination committee at SP College, Srinagar, today.
Shahri Khaas welfare coordination committee had organized the seminar for the students on the issue ?Drug Addiction, causes and counter remedies? in S P College auditorium. Large number of students of the college, faculty and members of civil society of Shahri Khaas attended the seminar.
Speaking in the seminar IGP Kashmir, Sh. A G Mir who was the Chief Guest on the occasion said J&K police is relentlessly working for curbing the drug peddling. He said that in the year 2013, J&K Police arrested 247 persons involved in illicit drugs related activities and registered 227 cases under NDPS Act cases in Kashmir Zone, besides recovered 2574 Kgs of Cannabis and its derivatives and about 11 thousand bottles and 17 thousand tablets of psychotropic prescription drugs. IGP added that this year till date 113 cases of NDPS Act have been registered in which 147 persons involved have been arrested. 1000 kgs of Cannabis and its derivatives, 115 kgs of Brown sugar and about 1600 bottles and 14 thousand tablets of psychotropic prescription drugs were recovered by police in Kashmir Zone from the peddlers.
He said that our society has accepted that drug addiction is an emerging threat to our future generation. He said that when our child gets into the drug addiction his physical and mental state becomes that of a living dead and we as a society have to prevent our children become such individuals. IGP added that Drug addiction is posing a challenge to our society and it needs to be fought collectively by all segments of our society including parents, teachers, religious preachers but police has to take the lead.
IGP said that the menace of drug addiction needs to be countered on two fronts, de-addiction treatment for addicts and awareness for others. IGP said that in this direction J&K police started a Drug De-addiction center in Srinagar in 2008 and subsequently two more centres were established at Baramulla and Anantnag. He said that these centers have about 30 qualified staff comprising of Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Medical Officers, Counselors, Social Workers and Yoga therapists.
IGP said that the Police Drug de-addiction centre has so far held 43 School Mental Health programmes till date that has covered all the major schools of Srinagar city as also some schools in District Baramulla and South Kashmir. Focus is to provide awareness to school children for the prevention of drug abuse, besides 30 camps of Community Health Campus have been organised in almost all district of the valley. He said that the results of these drug de-addiction centres have been impeccably above international standards.
Earlier, Molana Syed Toiab Kamili in his address said that the menace of drugs has propped up in our society as the people are deviating from the tenets of religion. He said that unemployment is one of the causes of the drug menace and unemployment is partly due to the youth shying away from the traditional trades and skills and are aspiring for white collared jobs only.
General Secretary of the Shair Khas Coordination Committee Abdul Qayoom Khan presented in his welcome address said that drug addiction is emerging as a menace if not tackled early, can be catastrophic to the society.
Among others Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah, Principal S P College Srinagar Prof. Mohammad Yaseen Shah attended the seminar, besides a large number of students.