Shimla, Mar 18
Member of Assembly from Gagret Rajesh Thakur today raised the issue of involvement of an entire village of Damtal-Pathankot area of Indora in illicit business of Chitta.
During the question hours Member said that that drug problem in his constituency is on the rise, especially in areas adjoining the Punjab border due to influx of drug users from the neighbouring state.
“Residents of Shanibali village, who were earlier engaged in liquor smuggling, are now engaged in the trade of chitta and making huge profits, including the women and the elderly. Their properties must be attached to stop this menace,” MLA demanded.
Urban development minister Suresh Bhardwaj who was giving reply in absence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur appreciated the concern of member. Minister said that menace of drug addiction in the state is being addressed by the Government as action on this complaint to be taken by the department.
Minister said that not only boys but the menace of drugs is taking a heavy toll of young including girls. Many women found involved in the illicit trade are also being booked by the state police.
To tacle the drug problem, the state police have now changed strategy. They have started targeting big NDPS peddlers rather than booking petty consumers to no respite.
The written reply to this query State Govt informed that in Una district, 238 cases related to synthetic chitta, charas and opium have been registered by the police in the last three years, leading to the arrest of 330 people. Similarly action has been taken for smuggling of liquor as 530 arrests have been made in the district during the same period.