FIVE VIDEOS of youths purportedly buying ‘chitta’ (heroin) in Noorpur Hakima of Dharamkot, Moga, went viral Tuesday, prompting police to conduct a raid early next day in the village which is infamous for its rampant drug trade.
The clips show the youths talking about who they get the drugs from, and one of them holding a syringe to his arm.
Moga police later confirmed that the videos were indeed shot in the village. During the Wednesday raid however, they failed to make any arrests or recover any drugs despite the youths in the videos naming alleged drug peddlers they would buy from.
Meanwhile, the sarpanch of the village claimed the videos were the handiwork of opposition parties SAD and AAP to “defame” the village and that drug trade in Noorpur Hakima had reduced considerably.
Police said the videos were shot by villagers who they had instructed to keep an eye on outsiders coming to the village to buy drugs. While they had been told to only send the videos to police so action can be taken, the videos were also uploaded on social media. Police said that because of this, the drug peddlers named in the videos managed to flee and could not be arrested.
In the first video, the man shooting it with his phone asks a youth where he got the drugs from. The youth in reply says: “Jogey ton” (from Joga). He adds that he bought ‘chitta’ for just Rs 100. In the second video, another individual says that he got drugs from ‘Naajar’ and that he spends Rs 600 on drugs daily. In the third video, another youth can be holding a syringe to his arm, and says: “I got it for Rs 200 from Ninder’s house.” In the fourth video, a man alleges he got drugs for Rs 300 from “the sarpanch’s nephew Billa”, and in the fifth video, a man names ‘Jeeta’ from whom he got drugs.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Pipal Singh, a village sarpanch from Congress, said their village was infamous for drug trade but the situation has improved considerably. “These addicts in the videos are outsiders and not from our village. Those making videos are from SAD and jhaadu wale (AAP). It is their conspiracy to defame our village again. Is it even possible that an addict will inject himself on camera? It is true that Billa is the name of my nephew but it is a false allegation that he sells drugs. It is all party politics. These videos are manufactured and staged.”
He further said, “Even if my family member is caught in the drug trade, I will never support him or her and take them to police. It is all party politics against me. Police also conducted a raid today but no recovery was made and no one was arrested,” he said.
Moga SP (investigation) Harinderpal Singh told The Indian Express, “We had motivated some local youths to keep an eye on outsiders coming to buy drugs in this village and they made these videos. However, they were shared publicly due to which peddlers named in videos managed to escape. They were not found in their homes when we conducted the raid. We will continue to keep an eye out and arrest them soon. The village is infamous for drug trade and many outsiders come here to buy cheap drugs but the situation has improved.”
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