To remember Abhishek Banerjee on his 22nd birthday, his family on Sunday organised a play ‘Nasheyan da Kargil’ at Sarabha Nagar market. Early in the morning, 22 saplings were also planted in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar where his family lives.
Abhishek was found dead in his car on the morning of June 22 and the police had cited drug overdose as the reason.
The play was directed by Sompal Heera in which he depicted a village story where a farmer has three sons. The elder is in the Army while the middle one becomes an addict and the youngest one, a student.
The 45-minute play, enacted by Sirjana art group artistes from Riakot, showed what all problems the family faced when their son became an addict.
Though he was admitted to a de-addiction centre, towards the end of the play, he died while the one in Army came back after fighting bravely across the border.
Heera said, “The play gives a message that a soldier comes back from the country’s border after fighting with enemy, but from the borders of drug addiction, a comeback is really difficult.”
Abhishek’s parents — Dr A K Banerjee and Dr Madhu Meeta Banerjee — after the death of their only son are on a mission to spread awareness in society against drug addiction. This is the reason that they remember their son in the form of an awareness programme.
The family lives in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar where children of the area were given 22 saplings which were planted in various locations of the area. Apart from this, slumchildren were provided with books and stationery material. The gardeners of the area were also honoured.
Area councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, RTI activist Arvind Sharma and many others were seen in Bhagat Singh Nagar while AAP leader H S Phoolka and representatives from various NGOs came to support the family.
Abhishek’s family had got his treatment done from a Delhi-based de-addiction centre and he was free from drugs for more than six months, but on June 21 he went for a haircut and never came home. His body was found inside a car the next day outside SCD Government college. His family blames that police is not tryin to nab the people who are supplying drugs and spoiling thousands of families.