Probe initiated after video of teenager under drugs influence goes viral on social media

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Days after a video clipping of a teenager under influence of a drug overdose went viral on the social media, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dr S P Vaid has initiated an inquiry and ordered to investigate the matter, so that the real culprits can be put behind bars.

According to sources in Police Headquarters, Dr Vaid has initiated inquiry and directed Inspector General of Police Jammu Zone, Dr S D Singh Jamwal and Deputy Inspector General Rajouri-Poonch Range, Deepak Salathia to investigate the video clipping, circulated on the social media.”The DGP has asked his subordinates to ascertain the facts and the culprits, who injected overdose of drugs to a teenager shown in the video clipping, belonging to Rajouri district,” sources here said.

A video clipping went viral on social media couple of days ago, wherein a teenager, under influence of drug overdose, was being questioned by the police.He was not in a position to reveal his identity and address.

The boy in the video is also seen showing his head to the cops, where he was injected the drugs.”This cannot be treated as a single case because the situation related to drug abuse is worsening day by day,” Zorawar Singh Jamwal, Chairman, Team Jammu here said.

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Team Jammu is an amalgam of members, especially youth representing different sections of the society and fighting against the menace in the region.”As per the data available with Team Jammu, so far in two years, 171 youth had died of drug abuse in Jammu district alone,” Mr Jamwal said, adding that 34 youth died in Rajouri district, 12 in Reasi and 11 in Samba districts across the Jammu region.”We are fighting war against drug mafia and the menace,” he asserted, adding that there is no official record available with police and the government, as well of deaths occurred due to drugs consumption.”Nearly 20 per cent of youth in Jammu region are trapped in the menace, including girls,” he claimed, adding that the matter would also be taken up with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the days to come, appealing her to issue directions to the police and other agencies, so that the menace can be checked.Mr Jamwal, who had also submitted memorandum to the DGP, said the police chief has assured them to deal with the offenders and culprits of drug mafia with iron hands.J&K Police Chief Dr S P Vaid, soon after taking over the charge recently at a function here, had warned that if drugs menace was not controlled, Jammu and Kashmir would soon become the next ‘Udta Punjab’.Expressing concern for the drug-affected youth, Dr Vaid said tightening noose against drug peddlers and drug abuse in the state will be one of his top priorities.

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