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Drug use in city flourishes right under cops’ noses

Drug use in city flourishes right under cops’ noses
Despite the fact that Delhi Police has stepped up security all over the city, consumption of  drugs is going on at the Hanuman Mandir complex right in front of the Connaught Place police station, and at many other places, almost under the nose of the police.

Millennium Post surveyed areas such as Meena Bazaar in Jama Masjid, Hanuman Mandir and Minto Road near Connaught Place, Old Delhi and New Delhi railway station, under Chirag Delhi flyover, Sarai Kale Khan and Kashmere Gate. These areas have been identified as the places with highest density of drug-dependent people,  includes a large number of rag-pickers. The age group in which addiction was seen to be most prevalent was 10 to 30. Many people were seen buying drugs from these rag-pickers. ‘I go and get charas from Chirag Delhi flyover,’ said a student (name withheld ).

When Millennium Post contacted the Station Head Officer (SHO) of Connaught Place police station, Sukhdev Singh Mann, and New Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police ( DCP ) K C Dwivedi, the calls went unanswered. Rahul Khanna, a social worker, said, ‘Young people like to experiment. The rich, if addicted, can get themselves treated but the poor succumb to it and finally die. Education can help eradicate this menace.’

Much in demand are stimulants such as cocaine and marijuana. Some rag- pickers were also seen inhaling adhesives such as Denrite. ‘Children managed to earn up to Rs 30 per day to buy solvents  that would last them for at least two days. Also, a few children who were treated for drug use, were found to be going back to the streets to use again,’ said Ritu Khurana, a home maker.

Cannabis, heroin and Indian-produced pharmaceutical drugs are the most frequently abused drugs in the country. ‘This is the daily scenario in front of the Hanuman Mandir complex. Delhi police seems to be unaware of this alarming issue. It is high time that police officials pulled up their socks and probed into the matter,’ said Kushal Goel, an executive in a private firm.
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