Mangaluru, Dec 17, 2016 : Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIOI) has urged the district administration to take stringent steps to check the menace of drugs among the youths in Dakshina Kannada. Expressing concern over what it termed is the entry of drugs mafia inside educational campuses, a SIOI delegation that met DC K G Jagadeesha on Saturday urged him to treat this as a major issue and also implement a nine-point charter of demands to address the problem.
Muhammad Irshad Venoor, media secretary, DK unit of SIOI in a release stated that the delegation urged DC to direct the authorities concerned to go to the bottom of the network that supplies drugs and keep them under check. Noting that there is an active network of middlemen who supply drugs to educational institutions on the outskirts of the city, Irshad said the police should deal with such networks and middlemen effectively and in a legally harsh way as possible.
Anti-drug cells on the campuses must be strengthened and their functioning monitored effectively, he said. The modus operandi adopted by Anti-Drug police in Kerala where the names of students into drug abuse are not revealed and they are counselled with the educational institutions and their parents in the loop should be adopted, he said. The police department should be in constant touch with organisations that work for the recovery, rehabilitation of drug victims.
Legal awareness should be spread about the ill-effects of drugs, he said adding extensive social, educational, political, religious campaign involving all stakeholders should be organized in areas where instances of youths getting into drug addiction is rampant. Steps should be initiated to ensure that a legal provision that bans sale of tobacco and other products in 100 metre radius of educational institutions is strictly enforced in interest of student community.
A team of legal experts, social workers, research students, intellectuals should be setup to study the extent of drug dependency among youths in the district. The team should also be given the task of coming up with suitable remedies to address the situation, he said. Jagadeesha who gave patient hearing to the SIOI delegation assured to take up the matter with the police and agencies concerned. Munzeer Kandak, president of city unit of SIOI, Mihal Saeed were present.