Punjab

DEATHS DUE TO DRUG OVERDOSE: TAKE STEPS TO STOP MENACE: HARPAL CHEEMA TO CAPTAIN AMARINDER

June 25, 2019 10:52 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader and Leader of Opposition in Punjab assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema has slammed the state government over the alarming drug menace and the deaths due to drug overdose in the state, stating that it should take an urgent call on the growing menace sooner than later.

In a statement issued from party headquarters in Chandigarh on Tuesday, Cheema said that the menace of drugs had continued unabated in the state under the watch of the successive governments. He was referring to the recent deaths of two youths in the border town of Ferozepur due to alleged drug overdose, which had sent alarm bells ringing for those at the helms of affairs. He said that the deaths of Kabal Singh (32) of Rukna Begu village and Malkit Singh (25) of Jhugge Hajara Singh Wala village in the district have exposed the Captain Amarinder Singh government for sleeping over the matter involving human lives.

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Expressing his shock over the stubborn stance of the government, the AAP leader added that the zombie of drugs had sniffed out lives of two Sangrur siblings in a year, adding that the open dance of death had continued unabated.

Cheema said that the malaise had not remained confined to Punjab only, it had spread its killer fangs in the neighboring state of Haryana where the youth was involved in peddling ‘chitta’ (drug) and lamented that the Khattar government too, like its Punjab counterpart, had been sleeping over the matter.

The AAP leader asserted that that the free flow of drugs in the state was not feasible without the tacit support of the political masters offering protective cover to drug mafia. Quoting media reports, he said that it was unfortunate that more than 3000 new drug addicts were registered in Punjab for treatment in its 178 outdoor opioid assisted treatment (OOAT) clinics, which was worrying, he said.

Accusing the state government led by Captain Amarinder Singh of reneging on its poll promise to end the menace within a weeks after assuming power in 2017, he said that nothing had happened even as two and a half years had gone by. He urged the governments in the saddle to tackle the issue of drugs of this magnitude leading to loss of innocent lives. Cheema said that the government should come out from its cozy confines and deal with the menace with iron hand to stop the naked dance of death, stating that mere rhetoric won’t help fetch the desired outcome.

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