RTI reveals high drug peddling in doaba districts
An application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act was filed by the Human Empowerment League Punjab (HELP) activist in Jalandhar seeking the details of past five years cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.
The reply reveals that extremely high number of drug peddling cases belonged to three villages of the doaba region in Punjab and even among them, most cases were registered against the residents of a particular community-Sansi – a tribe that was de-notified after independence.
The data shows that 112 men and 60 women of Ganna Pind village in Jalandhar district, 43 men and 40 women of Langroa village in Nawashahr district, and 45 women and even more men of Denowal Khurd villagein Hoshiarpur district have been booked in cases under the NDPS Act.
The data points to the need for a comprehensive and long term programme to wean people from drug peddling.