The chief judicial magistrate-cum-secretary of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Panchkula, Nidhi Bansal, conducted a surprise check at a de-addiction centre and psychiatric ward, General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. A patient at the centre told Bansal that heroin is being supplied openly in Manimajra and payment is made through Paytm, mobile networking, etc.
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At the time of the visit, Dr. Rajeev Trehan, in-charge of the Drug De-Addiction Centre, the in-charge staff nurse and two other nurses were present. The number of indoor patients in the ward was 13, including 2 women.
One female patient aged 19 years disclosed that she has been addicted to heroin for four years. The heroin was supplied by a person living in a paying guest (PG) residence in Sector-22, Chandigarh. She also disclosed that not only boys, but many young girls of her age are drug addicts and engaged in the business of buying and supplying drugs. They in turn use the money for purchasing the particular drugs to which they are addicted, apart from their daily needs and expenses. Most of them are school or college dropouts between the ages of 16 and 20 years. The drug peddler purchased supply from a Nigerian national in Dwarka, New Delhi.
A male patient aged about 25 years, unmarried, disclosed that he has been addicted to opium for the last four to five years. He said the same is being sold openly at villages like Joluwal, Pinjore Kalka and border villages of Pinjore. Sale price varies from Rs 300 to Rs 3,000 per tolla.
Another male patient, 28 years old, said that he is a mechanic by profession with a monthly income of Rs. 25,000 and above. He is addicted to heroin, which costs about Rs. 30,000 per month. His mother disclosed that he was not contributing any money at home, but rather taking money from her on the lie that he required it for his business.
Another patient disclosed that he is addicted to heroin. He and his father run a shop at Kalka. He started using heroin with his friends on New Year’s eve last year. All his income from the shop was utilized in the purchase of the drug, which he used to order on the telephone. He disclosed that most of the vendors at Kalka have been arrested by the CIA Staff of Kalka, but still the supply comes from Himachal Pradesh, and suppliers are active in border villages.