Punjab: Two deaths in a week at Moga’s drug haven

The incident comes four days after a 19-year-old Gurbinder Singh was found dead in the same village after he allegedly took an injection along with his accomplices.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Published:September 5, 2016 5:29 am
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A 25-year-old lost his life due to alleged drug overdose in Moga’s Daulewala, a village which has earned a reputation to be a drug haven. The incident comes four days after a 19-year-old Gurbinder Singh was found dead in the same village after he allegedly took an injection along with his accomplices.

The victim, whose body was recovered from the ruins of a building in the village, has been identified as Sukhchain Singh, a resident of nearby Manava village.

On Sunday, the police sent the body for a post-mortem to the Civil Hospital. According to the father of the deceased, Gurdeep Singh, Sukhchain left the house saying that he was going to see an orthopedics specialist in Daulewala. But when he didn’t return home, he along with his younger son went to the village searching for Sukhchain and found his body lying in the ruins of a building.

Sharing details about the case, Moga SSP Sneh Deep Sharma said that the police has filed an inquest proceedings under section 174 of CrPC and is awaiting the viscera report.

Clarifying the death, investigating officer Jaswinder Singh from Fatehgarh Panjtoor police station said that as per
prima facie, the 25-year-old died of drug overdose and that his body was recovered from the building which is infamous for being the ‘adda’ of drug addicts.

More than 300 FIRs under the NDPS Act and Excise Act have been registered against the villagers of Daulewala in past few years. The village also witnessed more than 20 deaths in a span of two years due to drug addiction. Residents allege that the health department never maintained an exact record of death due to drugs in the village. The police even received complaints alleging that parents were using children as couriers in this village.
On April 7, Punjab DGP Suresh Arora had even personally visited Daulewala to counsel and interact with the villagers and motivate the youth to leave drug peddling and consumption.