Police arrest drug addicts in drive to track peddling network

They also counsel community members and kin of addicts

A 20-year-old man, who was walking down a road near Shivajinagar, last week, hurling abuses at passers-by was detained after the police control room was alerted by people. A medical examination revealed that he was under the influence of marijuana. He was then arrested and charged under section 27 (b) of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances Act and remanded in judicial custody.

In a similar incident, the Indiranagar police arrested a 21-year-old man from Kaggadasapura who was under the influence of drugs and creating nuisance near the Swami Vivekananda metro station.

These are among recent cases of addicts being arrested as part of a special drive by the east division police in July.

The aim is not only to round up people creating nuisance under the influence of drugs but also to identify through them the peddlers, S. Murugan, Additional Commissioner of Police (east division), said.

As part of the exercise, areas where the menace is rampant have been identified and beat police officials directed to act in accordance with the provision of the NDPS Act.

The crime attracts a prison term of up to six months or fine of up to ₹10,000 or both. This will not only serve as rehabilitation for the accused, but also prove to be a deterrent to others, police officials said.

The police officials are visiting the areas and counselling the community members and families of the addicts. An officer who is a part of the programme said the results are already showing results.

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