In the aftermath of the suicide of an 18-year-old girl, allegedly linked to her narcotics addiction, recently in the city, several members of the Campus Front of India carried out a rally to create awareness of the ill-effects of addiction on Saturday.

Carrying placards that read ‘Say no to drugs’, the students waked from the Besant College to the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Lal Bagh.

Imran Thumbe, district unit president of the CFI, urged authorities to curb the availability of drugs in schools and colleges and demanded action against drug peddlers.

“Several students have become victims of drugs. The district administration and police know of this, and yet do not act against the mafia involved.

They need to conduct raids and show initiative so that the public can start believing in the administration,” said the protestors.

The organisation said the authorities must also hold discussions with student leaders and college management to chalk out ways to crack the network of drugs. Among other demands of the organisation was the introduction of a special task force to look into narcotics in the city, a toll-free number to report drug-user and drug peddler related information.

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