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State-Level Ceremony in Panchkula Marks Conclusion of Drug-Free Haryana Fortnight

Panchkula, June 26 2024 (Yes Punjab News)

A state-level ceremony was held at the Government Girls College, Sector 14, Panchkula, to mark the conclusion of the ‘Drug-Free Haryana Fortnight’ observed from June 12 to June 26 as part of the ‘Drug-Free India Fortnight’ initiative by the Haryana Police.

Director General of Police (DGP) Shatrujeet Kapur graced the event as the chief guest. He commended the outstanding work of 23 officers and employees and honored the winners of competitions focused on drug de-addiction. DGP Kapur also administered an oath to the attendees, pledging them to stay away from drugs.

Decrease in Drug Availability

In his address, DGP Kapur encouraged everyone to avoid drugs, sharing statistics to highlight the decrease in drug availability. In 2023, over 3,800 cases were registered under the NDPS Act, while approximately 1,600 cases have been registered so far this year.

Last year, around 5,500 drug traffickers were arrested, compared to 2,269 arrests this year up to June 25. Focusing on districts like Sirsa and Fatehabad, where drug issues were more prevalent, he highlighted the efforts to make over 100 villages or wards drug-free and stressed the importance of treating drug users to help them stay drug-free.

Cyber Security Awareness

Addressing cyber security, Mr. Kapur warned against falling for schemes promising to double money or make quick profits, as they could lead to significant financial loss.

He praised the ‘Drug De-Addiction and Cyber Security’ presentation by the Ram Gurukul Gaman team, which creatively linked the themes of Ramayana with contemporary issues. He congratulated the coordinator Anil Kaushik and his team, boosting their morale.

Mr. Kapur also extended his congratulations to ADGP O.P. Singh and his team from the Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau for successfully organizing the event.

Commitment to Staying Drug-Free

Addressing the attendees, ADGP O.P. Singh of the Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau emphasized the importance of maintaining a safe distance from drugs.

He highlighted various activities conducted during the fortnight focused on drug de-addiction, including walkathons, marathons, cyclothons, seminars, sports activities, street plays, painting, and poster-making competitions.

He urged children and youth to develop their skills and capacities to avoid a directionless life due to drug abuse. SP Pankhuri Kumar of the Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau thanked the guests for their presence.

Activities and Achievements of Drug-Free Haryana Fortnight

The fortnight saw the participation of 1.25 million people. During this period, 82 cases were registered against drug traffickers, with 120 arrests.

Various activities aimed at drug de-addiction were organized, such as walkathons, marathons, cyclothons, seminars, sports activities, street plays, painting, and poster-making competitions. Additionally, an e-pledge campaign was conducted through a dedicated portal.

Dignitaries in Attendance

Senior officers present at the ceremony included ADGP O.P. Singh, IG Ambala Range Sibash Kaviraj, DCP Panchkula Himadri Kaushik, SP HSNBC Nitika Gehlot, DCP Crime Mukesh Malhotra, and ACP Manpreet Singh Sudan, among others.

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