Yesterday we gave you an insight into the number of FIRs filed under Narcotic Drugs Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act in Punjab last year. Today, we do a close scrutiny of those FIRs.
According to an Indian Express report on Thursday, most of the accussed were caught hiding in bushes on the roadside or river banks and consuming drugs, smoking intoxicants while sitting next to a wall, or carrying drugs inside the right pocket of their pants or pyjamas.
All the FIRs have one common line, ‘saw the police, turned back, tried to escape’.
Asked about the pattern of identical FIRs, Ishwar Singh, director, Punjab Narcotics Control Bureau, told The Indian Express: “The FIRs are actual account of how drugs have been recovered.”
Punjab’s crackdown on drugs was launched barely a week after the ruling combine was left red-faced on May 16, 2014, with the defeat of their high-profile candidate Arun Jaitley, now the Union Finance Minister, from Amritsar in the Lok Sabha elections.
But experts working to rehabilitate drug addicts and families of victims described the crackdown as a “flawed” exercise.
Experts termed the crackdown as lopsided, having a ‘dangerous’ fallout, while some are of the view that the crackdown was “not a bad move” by the state government but faulted the police for the manner of execution.
When asked about this drug menace of Punjab, Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal told Indian Express, “Goa is the easiest place in India to get drugs, but there are hardly any arrests”.