The assailant, since identified as a 50-year-old Balwinder Singh from Morinda, was a chemist and druggist, whose shop had been legally annulled upon discovery of prohibited drugs, following an inspection raid in 2009, when
Dr.Shoree who was designated as FDA’s Zonal Licensing Authority since 2016, was also going to testify in a court case against Balwinder Singh regarding the issue.
On Friday morning, armed with a recently licensed .32 bore pistol, and a concealed knife, the perpetrator motorbiked to
Substance abuse is a crippling malady ubiquitously plaguing Punjab. The AIIMS Delhi conducted the first comprehensive study in 2015 to estimate the magnitude of drug addiction in Punjab – and the report concluded that there were more than 200,000 addicts in the state. Data from various government departments shows that the problem has aggravated in recent few years, attributed to a boom in indigenous, local sources rather than a cross-border smuggling supply continuum, that is often scapegoated and mongered to casually brush aside responsibility. According to the police records, 303kg of heroin was seized from the beginning of 2018 until 15 October.
By data cited by the BBC, 60 deaths were linked to drug abuse in Punjab between January and June 2018, according to official estimates. In comparison, 30 died in drug-related incidents in all of 2017. Police officials say that the number is likely to increase when they release data for the second half of 2018.
By various measures, Punjab consistently ranks in top 5 demographical statistic of drug addiction, for various substances, from liquor and cannbinoids to hard drugs as cocaine and heroin. According to various estimates, roughly one in three Punjabi schoolstudents were found to have some form of susbtance addiction.
Despite its extreme expensiveness, heroin remains commonplace among addicts notwithstanding the consumer’s social class and income. Several addicts take to peddling as a source of income; Yet others commit to theft. Most addicts initially exhaust their family resources, from possessions and savings to jewelry of wives and mothers and entire family homesteads, before resorting to petty crime; often voluntarily or involuntarily obliging their kith and kin, particularly their elderly parents and spouses to sustain not only them but their extravagant addiction, overworking in the process. This creates latent unemployment via dependants and burdens individual households, and the economy in general. It is well established that drug abuse and narcotic addiction also lead to manifold rise in critical domestic exploitation and abuse.
She is a martyr who sacrificed her life in the battle against the drug mafia.
The local police and security authority personnel are also prevalently complicit in the expansive nexus. Between 2014 and 2016, 68 Punjab police employees and other security forces were arrested due to their involvement in the drug trade.
Abolition of institutionalised syndicates,
Reportedly, a 36 year-old Dr. Shoree, who hailed from Panchkula, who was designated as FDA’s Zonal Licensing Authority since 2016, was also going to testify in a court case against Balwinder Singh regarding the issue.
Her 1971-war-veteran father Captain (Retd.) Kailash Kumar
The Punjab police
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