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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Narcotics Menace in Malda Alarms Commoners, Intelligentsia and Politicians

Malda, October 26, 2012: Formidable rise in the anti-social activities by illicit liquor and drugs sellers in English Bazaar, the district headquarter of Malda has equally worried the common people, intelligentsias and the political leaders of the district. Recent assaults even of a journalist and the sister in law of English Bazaar MLA’s driver by miscreants have generated strong sense of insecurity in the common people. Police officials have, however, claimed that regular vigil is on to curb such menace.

It has been alleged that several areas of Malda town has turned to be the paradise for the sellers of illicit liquors and drugs. Even areas along the station Road, Rathbari – the heart of the town, Sukanta More, Rabindra Avenue, Bridabani ground and KJ Sanyal Road under English Bazaar police station and some areas under Malda police station have allegedly become the free and favourite haunts of miscreants involved in the notorious trade.

Recently, journalist of a Bengali daily was attacked by some drunken miscreants at Rathbari area when he was waiting there for a Siliguri bound bus along with his sister. As he protested against lewd comments passed targeting his sister, they followed him and even physically assaulted him in the bus. Though police arrested the goon, he was released on bail the very next day.

On 24 October when the driver of the English Bazaar MLA Krishendu Choudhury was hopping pandals along with his relatives, his sister in law allegedly fell a prey of some intoxicated miscreants. Choudhury rushed to the spot and rescued the woman but the goons managed to scamper by then.

Irate public went rampaging on some road-side stalls along Rabindra Avenue allegedly involved in selling liquors.

Rise in selling intoxicants has strongly concerned the citizens of English Bazaar. Dr Partha Sarathi Roy said, “I’m genuinely alarmed. I presume that a strong nexus is active to extend its web of addiction among the youths. Poor and middleclass youths are their prime targets. A strong administrative action and social movements are jointly required to curb such dreaded menace.”

MLA Choudhury said, “It’s the negligent attitude of police in English Bazaar that has resulted in such a scaring rise in drug menace.” He urged that people, instead of being afraid should gather courage to eradicate such menace immediately.

SP, Malda Jayanta Pal, however, said that police have been regularly driving against the drug and illegal liquor peddlers. “Every day we are nabbing such miscreants in large numbers. But as the offence is bailable, it’s hard for us to retain them in custody,” Pal said. He informed that as a certain quantity of heroines was not being recovered from them, it’s tough for us to charge them against non-bailable section of the IPC.

Principal of Women’s College Dr Chaitali Chattaraj said, “We are scared as mothers, teachers, sisters and women. We don’t know about petty or big offences. We await drastic administrative action forthwith so that the spine of such menace could be broken and women at least feel secure.”

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