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Dawood tentacles in Sirsa
Report exposes drug mafia, active role played by politicians
Kiran Deep/Tribune News Service

Sirsa, April 27
The most-wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim, besides inter-state gang of drug mafias and politicians were involved in smuggling of opium, heroin and poppy husk worth several crores every year through the district and other parts of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. These facts surfaced from a confidential report prepared by a senior functionary of the district police after getting inputs from his own intelligence wing and from the neighbouring states. The report prepared under the instruction of a DGP will soon be submitted to him and the state government.

It has been specified in the report that the police was taking every possible step to stop drug mafia from spreading its tentacles in the district. But, this task is not easy as high-profile mafia, including Dawood Ibrahim and politicians, were allegedly involved in the racket. The opium farming is carried out in Rajasthan under government control. Contracts for selling poppy husk and opium were auctioned like that of liquor vends in other states as per the information gathered from well-placed sources.

As many as 83 villages have been identified in the district where a large number of persons mostly poor farmers, labourers were addicted to opium and poppy husk. These villages fall under Badagudha, Kalnabali, Dabwali and Audna. The villagers specially those living in border areas of Rajasthan have been consuming poppy husk and opium for the past 30 years. But for the past 12 years, its consumption has considerably increased among poor farmers and youth, says the report.

So far, the police has arrested 191 drug peddlers in 174 cases registered against them under the NDPS Act and seized 11.50 kg opium, 810 kg poppy husk and 250 gram of smack.

Poor villagers consume poppy husk while affluent ones are addicted to the opium. The contractual farmers and labourers have also become addicts as landlords serve poppy husk to make them do more work.

SP, Sirsa, Vikas Arora, said, "We will send the report to authorities concerned for providing details about drug mafia and steps taken to curb its consumption”.



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