An average heroin addict in the city is spending around Rs 30,000 per month on consuming the drug, and the consumption has increased manifold in the city in the past four years.
This was stated by new Police Commissioner R K Jaiswal, who assumed charge on Thursday evening.
“In 2011, 100 kg heroin was seized from Ludhiana which increased to 278 kg in 2012. However, this seizure increased to 400 kg in 2013 while in the current year, a total of 69 kg heroin has been seized till now,” Jaiswal told the media in an interaction on Friday. “Apart from nabbing the peddlers, we also need to catch hold of the suppliers in order to break the link between the supplier and the addict.”
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He added, “Looking at the past seizures, it is a clear indication that the city is consuming this costly drug in a huge quantity and it needs to be checked as who are the suppliers and who are the clients.”
Jaiswal said that his prime focus would be on drug mafia. He was Ludhiana SSP five years back and he said, “I am aware of the crime pattern of Ludhiana and it is an added advantage for me.”
The new commissioner said that he would be focusing on solving the traffic problem of the city and would also launch a special campaign on drink-driving, which was a nuisance on Ludhiana roads.
Jaiswal added that he would be seeking the help of NGOs for controlling traffic and would also focus on those indulging in sexual harassment and snatching cases.
Significantly, traffic control had always been a priority for the previous commissioners as well, but nothing much was done in the past apart from issuing statements.
However, Jaiswal asserted that he would soon make a difference.