Dehradun : The successive governments in Uttarakhand have been giving permission to private Universities and Colleges to open left and right in the state, on the plea that they want to make it an education hub, but though time will tell whether it becomes an educational hub, but it has definitely become a drug haven.
Late yesterday night, 39 persons were arrested from a hotel on the main Rajpur Road, where a rave party was on. The 39 arrested, including 14 girls, were all students of local private engineering and management colleges.
It was not only liquor doing the rounds, but police sources confirmed that drugs, including smack was recovered from the place.
While in yet another incident on yesterday, another B Tech student was arrested by the anti-narcotics cell and three gms of smack was recovered from him. And these are not isolated incidents, but almost every day happenings as drug pushers and dealers have made this state capital home to their flourishing trade.
A practicing psychiatrist here Lt Col J S Rana said that though de-addiction is not his specialization, but he is helping a number of youth to kick the habit, adding that taking drugs here is a very common addiction amongst the younger generation in the state capital.
“While some manage to stay away from drugs after they have been treated, others sadly fall back into the habit”, said Rana.
He said that a reason is the fact that a very large number of students have come to the self-styled professional colleges and boast of a very good track record, which is seldom true. A very large number of these students are from Punjab, where drug addiction has reached alarming proportions and the habit is passed on.
A senior police official on conditions of anonymity said that all the cases of youth being caught with drugs are not taken seriously because it is felt that their career will be finished if police cases are registered against them.
Most of them are let off with a warning, but it does not really help as they just keep changing venues to escape being caught. He added that it also known that most of these young people come from affluent families and most parents have the clout to ring up the right places.
They may be helping their children or wards escape being arrested or cases registered against them, but in all truthfulness, they are pushing their children deeper into the morass of drug addiction”, he pointed out.
The official said that a large number of the students in these colleges have their own four wheelers and groups go out away from the city into the outskirts, where there is not much of patrolling, and hold their rave parties. Though efforts are being made to patrol the streets in the outskirts, but then there are safe hideouts which have become the haunt of the drug addicts”, he maintained.
Meanwhile it was reliably learnt that drugs are very easily available in various parts of the state capital from ‘rehriwalas’ selling peanuts to drug pushers who keep hanging outside the various colleges.
From cocaine to opium to crack and smack they are all available in the streets of the state capital and the large student population is the client that keeps the pushers going.