Establish NCB to wipe out drug menace: Team Jammu

Team Jammu Chairman Zorawar Jamwal addressing a press conference at Jammu on Thursday.— Excelsior/Rakesh
Team Jammu Chairman Zorawar Jamwal addressing a press conference at Jammu on Thursday.— Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 23: Expressing dire need of establishing a full fledge Rehabilitation Centre for victims of drug abuse, Team Jammu today demanded immediate constitution of Narcotic Control Bureau to completely wipe out the drug menace from Jammu and Kashmir.
While addressing a press conference here today, Chairman of Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal said that the drug addiction has increased at an alarming rate in J&K, especially in Jammu Province and virtually assumed as most serious threat in the shape of narco-terrorism. “The alarming situation can be gauged from the fact that not only big cities and towns in J&K, but even small village are not left untouched by the drugs mafia, which has spread its network throughout the State,” he said.
Zorawar Jamwal alleged that despite various incidents and representations, the concerned agencies had deliberately turned a Nelson’s eye towards this severe issue. “The Govt agencies have so far failed in all respect to save youth of the region from this intolerable menace. Existing old laws in J&K against menace of drugs (Narcotic substances) have failed to bring proper distinction between victim and accused and also failed to curb the network of drug mafia in the region,” he pointed out and stressed that there was utmost need to establish a full fledged Narcotic Control Bureau to get rid of this deadly menace,
“In view of these facts, we are of firm opinion that there is dire need of establishing a Narcotics Control Bureau in J&K on the analogy of Anti-Corruption Bureau, Special Task Force (STF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) for tightening noose around the drug mafia and apprehend the real culprits, who are spreading narco-terrorism in the Union Territory,” he said.
Also lamenting the Government failure in establishing a full fledge rehabilitation centre for victims of drug abuse in J&K, Zorawar Jamwal alleged that there were only big announcement regarding development of UT but nothing on the ground. “It is very unfortunate that nothing has been done on the ground. Govt has failed to prepare any rehabilitation policy for children and youth of region who are victim of this menace. People of J&K in general and members of Team Jammu in particular demand that in this regard, Government must issue necessary directions to the concerned authorities without any further delay,” he stressed.
Among others present on the occasion, included Rajesh Kapoor, Bharat Sharma, Er Chandan Datta and Dr Ashish Sharma.