Bathinda: Bathinda has recorded 16 drug overdose deaths in the past 4 months | Amritsar news

BATHINDA: With elections fast approaching, drug abuse is emerging as a major poll topic. Although the state government claims to have the threat under control, the reality is different with many teenagers losing their lives due to an overdose, according to police files. A search of the Bathinda district crime records found that 15 teenagers had died of a drug overdose in the district in the past 4 months.
This is in line with cases recorded at various police stations in the district, but sources claim the number could be higher as some cases have not been reported.
According to FIR number 220, registered at Bathinda Kotwali Police Station on December 16, a Jaspreet Singh (21) from the village of Khiala Kalan in Mansa was spotted lying down with an injection at Bathinda bus station on December 14. He was taken to the hospital where he died. The reason: drug overdose. A person has been posted under Section 304 and the investigation is pending. Similarly, Ravi Singh, 26, from Bathinda, according to FIR 267, registered with the Canal Colony Police Station, was found dead on December 14th after a drug overdose in a railroad colony. Two people were booked under U / S 304 and NDPS Act.
In one of the most serious cases of drug overdose, two brothers, Gobind Singh, 24 and Chhinda Singh, 25, from the village of Mehraj, the ancestral home of former Prime Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, were found dead on the night of October 14th – fifteen. The Special Task Force is investigating the case and arrested two people on November 9 on charges of drug delivery to brothers.
According to another FIR registered at City Rampura Police Station on October 13th, Joginder Singh had been using drugs and alcohol before his death. Four people were registered under Section 304. Interestingly, five out of 16 died under the jurisdiction of the Canal Colony Police Station itself.
Aside from deaths from drug threats, an FIR was recorded on November 7th at Cantt Police Station where an inmate Mani Paras complained against 5 other inmates of beating him while preventing them from selling drugs.
“It is only a small number that reaches the FIR stage, otherwise many cases will go unreported as people prefer not to contact the police due to social stigma. Governments must address this serious problem and contain the threat, ”said health and human rights activist Dr. Vittul K. Gupta. Bathinda SSP Ajay Maluja said police are working overtime to catch anyone who is involved in drugs. “We have saved ourselves and set up nakas in all endangered places,” he said.

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