On Sunday at 6.00 a.m., inner road along the Marina, near the light house, cops, college students and cadets attached to scouts and NCC units lined up to run for a cause. They were campaigning against drug abuse.

As part of the silver jubilee of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), its Chennai Zonal Unit organised a ‘Run against Drug Abuse.' Flagged-off by former athlete Shiny Wilson, the brief run had over 500 persons, including personnel of the Chennai city police, Tamil Nadu Special Police, Indian Coast Guard, Narcotics Intelligence Bureau, NCB and students of SRM University participating. Runners with placards, banners and t-shirts beaming messages against drug abuse concluded the awareness run behind the Labour statue.

Former DGP of Tamil Nadu, Walter Devaram, former national swimmer Sebastian Xavier, other sportspersons and senior officers from the enforcement bodies took part in the run.

Speaking to The Hindu after the event, Zonal Director of NCB, S. Davidson Devasirvatham said the event was organised to spread the message of drug abuse primarily among youngsters. “As part of the celebrating 25 years of the NCB, events are also being organised in Mumbai simultaneously. A similar awareness run is scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad on Monday,” Mr. Devasirvatham added.

An inter-collegiate event featuring a quiz, debate, essay writing, poetry writing and poster making contests, hosted by the NCB will be conducted at SRM University in Kattankulathur on Wednesday.

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Petlee PeterJune 28, 2012