October 8, 2011 3:55:19 am
The death of a 22-year-old man,a resident of Sudhar,has brought to fore the easy availability of heroin in the region. The man,who died last week due to heroin abuse,is not alone. Sudhar a small township located around 25 kms from Ludhiana allegedly deals in heroin worth roughly Rs 2 lakh daily. Residents of the town claim that this is just the tip of the ice berg and with the police doing little to curb this menace the number of deaths due to heroin abuse is rising.
Heroin is easily available from places like Ludhiana and Mullanpur. The drug comes from Amritsar from where it is smuggled through the border. Then this drug is sold in smaller quantities to other towns. In Amritsar,heroin costs around Rs 600 for one gram while in Ludhiana it is available from Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,700 per gm. In Mullanpur the same can cost anything between Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 per gm, said a resident.
Another resident points out,Heroin and smack were barely heard of in this region. However now they are easily available. Boys are getting addicted to heroin and they sometimes resort to petty crimes like snatching and thefts to buy their daily doze. The police are looking the other way because the people involved in this trade enjoy political clout. Each time a peddler is arrested a political leaders comes to rescue him. But the sad part is that our boys are dying and no one cares.
DCP Ashish Chaudhry said,We are aware of this trade and know the places from where peddling is taking place. We try to lay traps and nab these dealers but more needs to be done.
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