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Determined: Students of Christ Nagar School in the city hold placards against drug abuse at a function organised by the Narcotic Cell of the city police in connection with International Day against Drug Abuse on Thursday. –
Determined: Students of Christ Nagar School in the city hold placards against drug abuse at a function organised by the Narcotic Cell of the city police in connection with International Day against Drug Abuse on Thursday. –

Staff Reporter

Fight against the growing menace of drug abuse

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A coming together of the government, voluntary organisations and people belonging to all sections of society is inevitable for a fight against the growing menace of drug abuse, Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas has said.

He was inaugurating the observance of International Day against Drug Abuse organised jointly by the Department of Education, ADIC-India and the State Bank of Travancore at Government Model High School here on Thursday.

A good percentage of the road accidents that occurred in the State had to do with drug abuse, the Minister pointed out.

Sree Chithira Thirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology director K. Mohandas presided over the inaugural ceremony. The Additional Director of Public Instruction A K. Sasidharan administered the anti-drug pledge to the students. The Assistant General Manager of the State Bank of Travancore V. Muraleedharan released the pamphlet prepared by the Information and Public Relations Department against drug abuse.

ADIC-India director Johnson K. Idayaranmula, school Principal Mohanadasan Pillai, and headmaster Marshal Jose were among those who spoke on the occasion.

Police programme

City Police Commissioner Ravada Chandrasekhar presided over the anti-drug abuse day observances organised by the Narcotic Cell of the city police at Christ Nagar Higher Secondary School, here. The programme got off to a start with the lighting of the traditional lamp.

Film actors Mukesh and Sreenivasan addressed the students. Magician Bhagyanath also participated. The students also took a pledge against drug abuse on the occasion. Chief Judicial Magistrate P. Muralidharan was among those who participated in the programme.

Magic show

Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan inaugurated a magic show by Gopinath Muthukad at East Fort organised in connection with the observance of the international day against drug abuse. The programme was organised by the city police as part of its community policing programme.

As part of the special illusion prepared for the occasion a ‘drug addict’ was shown suspended from the tip of a burning cigarette which went on to his torso and stomach. Hanging from different part of the man’s body were syringes and sachets of various tobacco products. The man remained ‘suspended in thin air’ as a reminder to viewers of the dangers posed by drug abuse.

The residents of the Karimadom colony came in a procession to the programme venue, a press note issued here said. At Holy Angels Convent School it was freedom fighter K.E. Mammen who inaugurated the anti-drug abuse day observances organised by the Indo-Arab Cultural Society.

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