Starting from today — World Anti-drug Day — the Hyderabad police begins a special drive against narcotic abuse. “Hyderabad says no to drugs” is the slogan of the campaign, Anurag Sharma, commissioner of police said. DCP West Zone M Stephen Raveendra will lead the campaign.
Hyderabad is the third metro to have formed a narcotic cell last year. Since, the cell has been instrumental in bringing to book 50 people for drug peddling in 18 cases. Some 18 of them are foreign nationals including students. They are from Nigeria, Afghanistan, Nepal and Iran.
We know that not all are out to damage the society, said Sharma. Many are peddling narcotics to earn an extra buck. But it is a fact that many students from African countries are misusing their student visa pushing drugs. We are keeping a watch on them, he said. The commissioner is sure that Hyderabad police have done commendably on containing this worldwide menace if compared to other cities.
The City police works in tandem with Interpol and all information about drug mafia is shared. Sharma appealed to parents to be on guard against their children coming in contact with drugs because it destroys life and career. “Giving fat pocket money is one sure way to push them to this menace,” he remarked.
Stephen Raveendra told Postnoon that the first line of defence against drugs is the parents. Police can do only so much, he said.
“We will ensure that the special drive against the drugs is continued throughout,” said the police officer.
A UN report says drug menace is one major problem affecting millions worldwide. Some 30 million people are affected.
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