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Farming unviable, drug money runs households 

Chandigarh: With the anti-drug drive losing steam after just eight months of the Congress rule and farming becoming an unviable venture, hapless farmers are increasingly becoming couriers to keep their hearth fires burning.

Of late, cracks have appeared in the special drive. Heroin (chitta) and smack — a low-grade heroin derivative — have made a comeback.

Earlier, de-addiction centres at the Gurdaspur and Batala civil hospitals were overcrowded, but in October chitta was again on the streets.

Romesh Mahajan, who runs a de-addiction centre, said without employment, it was difficult to wean the youth off the drugs. If Pakistan was the root cause of this problem, then why was the drug menace only two decades old?

“The government’s policy to curb opium created a vacuum in the market, which was filled by the more costly heroin. A parallel can be seen in Rajasthan where they closed shops selling opium and poppy husk, but it opened a big market for heroin,” says Mahajan.

The recent recovery of 55 kg of pure heroin by the BSF from near the border in Kalanaur proves that the dope pipeline was open.

Strangely, no agency taking the credit for the seizure ever tells who were the drugs meant for or who was going to peddle them.

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