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20 yr old dies at rehab

“They threw the body in the lawn outside and did not even bother to inform us. …We had admitted him to the de-addiction centre with a hope that he might be cured. We did not know that he would die like this,” said Daljeet Kaur, mother of the 20-year-old who returned from the de addiction center dead instead of cured.

The victim, Surinder Singh, was admitted to the drug de-addiction centre at Balongi, where he was the only patient, on Wednesday and after he died under mysterious circumstances at the centre, on Saturday morning. Victim’s mother alleged that her son was tortured to death by those running the centre and after he died they dumped him outside the house in Mohali. SP City Virenderpal Singh said that “The body had injury marks on the head, neck, arms and eyes. The centre has been closed since and managers are absconding.” He added, “For some reason, the center’s men rushed him to two private hospitals in Phase IV and VI yesterday but he was declared brought dead by doctors.”
The family has alleged that he was beaten to death by doctors at the centre although no FIR has been registered in the case so far. The police said a case would be registered only after the post-mortem report is received.

According to Dr. Harpal, Consultant Psychiatrist at Fortis Hospital, Mohali and resident Psychiatrist at neuropsychiatry rehabilitation centre, “A legal drug de-addiction centre have to certify it is competent to deal with the problem of de-addiction, “ There should be a doctor, a psychiatrist as well as paramedical staff available around the clock.

Nursing staff and an ambulance are also a prerequisite.” He added that most of the de addiction centres are places made to mint money from the families, who are trying hard to save their child’s future and their own social image. Most centers do not have the necessarily staff, equipment and environment and usually make the folly of taking in an addict and straightaway detoxifying him. Ideally the procedure has three phases — stabilization, reduction and then detoxification.

Not a single survey has been conducted in Punjab to ascertain the number of such illegal centers and the administration is yet to figure out the department which is responsible for the issue. According to an official at the health department of Chandigarh Administration, Drug de-addiction is not a health subject at all as it is within the social welfare department’s purview and the Social welfare department, which funds de addiction centers says that because the licensing is issued under the ‘mental health Act’, It becomes a health subject.

NGO’s, like that of Arvind Thakur, have helped bust 11 fake de-addiction centers and ‘rescued’ over 300 people. According to Dr. Harpal, “There is mushrooming of illegal rehab centers is because drug addiction is still something that evokes a strong social dislike for the addict and his family invariably dumps him at an unknown place, hoping for him to get better. Most of the families do so without checking the center’s doctors, patients conditions etc.”

There are over 34 de addiction centers in Punjab, but most do not have a permanent psychiatrist, warden or councilor. Patients in the illegal drug de addiction centers are routinely tortured, abused and humiliated and in the past found to be in blatant human rights violations. Cases of young boys hurting themselves, while trying to escape from such centers are common and so are the absconding center owners.
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drugs+police=easy trade

Alleged nexus between its personnel and drug peddlers, which came to the light after a suspected trafficker’s calls show his regular contacts with Chandigarh IPS officers, has again put the city police to shame.
Inspector general S.K. Jain Tuesday suspended five policemen, who were accused of taking bribes from the arrested suspect according to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). ‘We immediately suspended the police men, who were accused by NCB in their report,’ senior superintendent of police S.S. Srivastava, ‘Very soon we will start a departmental inquiry,’ he added.

The NCB report alleged that Raju, a postgraduate student at Panjab University, used to bribe and give tipoffs about other drug traffickers active in the region to the accused cops. ‘If they are found involved in any such criminal act then strict disciplinary action will be taken against them,’ said Srivastava. NCB had submitted the report to the Chandigarh police on the basis of statements given by Harpal Singh alias Raju Smacky, who was arrested last month with 3.5 kg of heroin and one kilogram of smack, an NCB official said.
‘We have also traced call details of Raju that depicts his regular contacts with some more Chandigarh police cops and with some elite personalities of the city. But we will disclose it once we have substantial proofs in our hand,’ said the official.
Hemant Goswami, a social activist who filed a petition in The Punjab and Haryana High Court stating that despite having knowledge about links between IPS officers of Chandigarh and Punjab and drug cartel, neither the NCB, nor the police have taken any step to investigate the matter said that, “Not even a gram of Drugs can be sold in Chandigarh without police’s knowledge. Everyone knows that the Police are involved, but still no steps are taken to check the senior IPS officers.”
Hearing the petition, the court issued notices to Chandigarh Police, the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Chandigarh Administration and the Central Bureau of Investigation. The petition stated that Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had revealed that many officers of the Chandigarh and Punjab Police had close association with the drug cartel and that illegal drug trade was being carried out in connivance with the police in the region.

According to NCB, Punjab contributes 75 per cent of the total drug seizures of the country. Recovering addicts at Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting say that the biggest impediment in the de addiction is the easy supply of drugs, “When my father realized that I am addicted to Drugs, he sent me to our ancestral village near Ludhiana, but drugs were available there also. It is actually very amusing because sometimes villagers have trouble finding a doctor but they find drugs easily,” said a NA member. “I don’t know who does the job of supplying drugs but they are easily available in every nook and corner of Punjab” he added.

Rajesh Sharma, President of All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) said, “Each police officer in the city has full knowledge of all the drug suppliers in his area. It is a complex nexus, not just police officers but the entire department knows the workings of each drug dealer but no arrests are made because every body has a cut in the trade.”
NCB Director Saji Mohan refused to comment on police involvement in drugs, he said “It is beyond my preview to comment on this topic. I report to my seniors and not the media.” “This year we have seized over 60 kgs of Heroin along the border. Drugs are easily available in Punjab because it is on the border. With Afghanistan growing over 90 per cent of world’s opium, there is a lot of smuggling across the border especially in Amritsar and Ferozpur.”

According to Goswami, “Every official in the Police Department and NCB knows the people involved, but nobody takes action. I feel that Central Bureau of Investigation should investigate the matter in coordination with other agencies.”
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drugs in Chandigarh

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Not even a gram of Drugs can be sold in Chandigarh without police’s knowledge. Everyone knows that the Police are involved, but still no steps are taken to check the senior IPS officers,” said Hemant Goswami, a social activist who filed a petition in The Punjab and Haryana High Court last week stating that despite having knowledge about links between IPS officers of Chandigarh and Punjab and drug cartel, neither the NCB, nor the police have taken any step to investigate the matter.
Hearing the petition on Friday, the court issued notices to Chandigarh Police, the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Chandigarh Administration and the Central Bureau of Investigation. The petition stated that Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had revealed that many officers of the Chandigarh and Punjab Police had close association with the drug cartel and that illegal drug trade was being carried out in connivance with the police in the region.

According to NCB, Punjab contributes 75 per cent of the total drug seizures of the country. Recovering addicts at Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting say that the biggest impediment in the de addiction is the easy supply of drugs, “When my father realized that I am addicted to Drugs, he sent me to our ancestral village near Ludhiana, but drugs were available there also. It is actually very amusing because sometimes villagers have trouble finding a doctor but they find drugs easily,” said a NA member. “I don’t know who does the job of supplying drugs but they are easily available in every nook and corner of Punjab” he added.

Rajesh Sharma, President of All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) said, “Each police officer in the city has full knowledge of all the drug suppliers in his area. It is a complex nexus, not just police officers but the entire department knows the workings of each drug dealer but no arrests are made because every body has a cut in the trade.”
NCB Director Saji Mohan refused to comment on police involvement in drugs, he said “It is beyond my preview to comment on this topic. I report to my seniors and not the media.” SSP Chandigarh Police, S S Srivastava, also completely denied having received any information, he said, “I have never received any names from the NCB, neither verbally not in writing. Whenever I will get the communication from the NCB, I will certainly initiate a probe into the matter.”

“This year we have seized over 60 kgs of Heroin along the border. Drugs are easily available in Punjab because it is on the border. With Afghanistan growing over 90 per cent of world’s opium, there is a lot of smuggling across the border especially in Amritsar and Ferozpur.”
According to Goswami, “Every official in the Police Department and NCB knows the people involved, but nobody takes action. I feel that Central Bureau of Investigation should investigate the matter in coordination with other agencies.”
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