Police to counsel drug addicts

Posted at: Aug 6, 2017, 1:17 AM; last updated: Aug 6, 2017, 1:17 AM (IST)

Amritsar, August 5

The police are planning to counsel snatchers, who have been committing robberies for acquiring money for their daily dose of drugs or having lavish lifestyle.
ADGP (law and order) Rohit Chaudhary, while interacting with traders, hoteliers and school managements at Khanna Paper Mill here today, said snatching had become the major problem in society and the police were very serious about it. “We have done mapping of snatching incidents in the past five years. A large number of the miscreants are either drug addicts or youngsters who want a lavish lifestyle. So this menace needs to be dealt strategically,” he said.
“We have therefore divided our strategy in two parts. Criminals will be dealt as per law, but drug addicts and misguided youths will be counseled with the help of an NGO to bring them among the mainstream society,” he said.
Even after counseling, the police will keep a close watch on their movements. The police are also planning to instal check points in different parts of the city rather than relying upon the conventional nakas so that anti-social elements may not predict the naka venues.
Besides, the police are also planning to involve private security agencies to keep an eye on anti-social elements. “We will be holding a meeting with private security agencies soon. As gangsters or anti-social elements have the tendency to shop lavishly at shopping malls, we will take help of private security agencies to check their movements and inform the police,” said Rohit Chaudhary.
During the interaction, snatching and robbery remained the major issue of discussion. He said commercial establishments should install high quality CCTV cameras on their premises, especially faced towards roads. It will help the police in nabbing the unscrupulous elements.

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