Ludhiana: At a time when cops are facing criticism for failing to curb the drug menace, Ludhiana police have come up with a plan to bring addicts to the de-addiction centres and break the drug supply chain with the help of transformed patients.
The public committees of Saanjh Kendras, run by Ludhiana police, will pitch in for the purpose. These committees, which include five area residents, will first identify the addicts in respective areas and then bring them to the de-addiction centres.

The first meeting of all 36 Saanjh Kendra public committees was organised on Thursday. The cops are tying up with the district administration, NGOs and prominent politicians to get assistance in providing medical aid to addicts at minimal price or free.

Importantly, the city has witnessed five alleged drug overdose deaths in the past six months. Notably, these deaths exclude cases in which the dose was given by another person.

While some officials claimed that the figure would be higher, the Ludhiana police commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill has claimed that none of the these deaths could be confirmed as ‘drug overdose’ as the chemical reports are awaited in all these cases.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (special branch) Surendra Lamba said, “We already have Sanjh Kendra public committees that work as mediators between public and police. Now we have planned to use these committees for people who need help for rehabilitation and de-addiction.”

“Since members of these committees are public representatives, they are well known about addicts of their areas. The committee members will provide details by the next week. Further the police administration, district administration and NGOs will help in treatment of indoor and outdoor patients,” added Lamba.

The ADCP said the entire process would start within two weeks. He said once de-addicted, many patients may help police in nabbing drug peddlers.

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