J&K: Police identifies 14 locations as ‘drug hot spots’ in Jammu city

In Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu Police has identified 14 locations as ‘drug hot spots’ in Jammu city. Akashvani Jammu Correspondent reports that the Police have launched a two type strategy to tackle drug menace with primary focus to create awareness among people and secondly rehabilitation of drug addicted youth who are treated as victims.

Various efforts aimed at eliminating the drug menace in the city have been taken in the city as 71 cases related to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act were registered and 85 peddlers arrested along with large quantities of contraband substances, primarily heroin, so far this year. SSP, Jammu Vinod Kumar said that Police has identified 14 locations as drug hot spots in the city and carried out 85 raids at these places besides increasing the presence of manpower. These locations were also brought under increased surveillance of district special branch officials. The SSP further said 13 notorious drug peddlers were booked under the stringent Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (PIT NDPS) Act in the past three months compared to a total of 24 last year.

The Police have recently opened a state-of-the-art drug rehabilitation centre which is equipped with all facilities and a qualified staff. Seeking active support of people in eradicating the drug menace, the police will take strict action against such persons as per the prevalent laws.

Meanwhile, the police are also keeping surveillance on former Over Ground Workers of terrorists to ensure that they are not recycled and get involved in narco-terrorism. Separate teams have been constituted in view of the Lok Sabha polls, while additional manpower have been deployed at checkpoints to ensure free and fair elections.

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