“Nijaat” Campaign Helps Drug Addicts Avoid Drugs and Alcohol in Chhattisgarh


Mukesh Kumar Sahu, a resident of Korea’s Chhattisgarh district, became addicted to alcohol and ganja while he was a student. He quit his studies, later his addiction affected his married life, and even his parents began to live apart because of his habits.

But, Sahu is a changed man now. He has not only overcome his addiction, but also helps the local police catch drug dealers and motivates other drug addicts in his area to stop using drugs and alcohol.

Like him, several men in Korea’s Chhattisgarh district have quit their addiction over the past six months, thanks to a campaign by local police against the sale of drugs and alcohol.

As part of the ‘Nijaat’ (riddance) campaign, launched in July last year, the police succeeded in effectively curbing the trafficking of illegal drugs and alcohol, and also persuaded a large number of drug addicts to stop. ‘give up this habit and lead a normal life, Korea Police Superintendent Santosh Singh said in conversation with the PTI.

The campaign is gaining momentum across Korea, a small district in Surguja Division dominated by Chhattisgarh tribes, with “Nijaat” murals, posters and banners visible in many places in urban areas. and the remote villages of the district.

According to the police chief, the campaign is gaining more and more attention as celebrities including Prabhu Deva, Arbaaz Khan, Rajpal Yadav and Kailash Kher have been mobilized to call on people, through video messages, to stop to use drugs and alcohol.

Some well-known artists from Chhattisgarh, such as actor Anuj Sharma and folk singers Teejan Bai and Mamta Chandrakar, have also lent their support to the campaign.

Singh, the mastermind behind the campaign, said that “the campaign has started to yield results and the local public officials as well as the common people have pushed it forward in their regions on their own.”

About 200 public awareness programs have been carried out so far as part of the campaign in the district where hundreds of drug addicts have been counseled and successfully persuaded to quit smoking, said the IPS agent of the batch of. 2011.

In addition, since July of last year, so far, 152 people have also been arrested in 126 cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), while 822 arrests have been made in 935 cases involving the sale of illegal alcohol, police said.

After attending a campaign event in Sonhat village, local resident Mukesh Sahu contacted the police who convinced him to give up his addiction.

“I started drinking when I was in grade 10. I didn’t even show up for the exams and then quit my studies. Soon, from alcohol, I switched to smoking ganja and chewing tobacco, and I got addicted to these narcotics. I had no idea I had started a catastrophic journey, ”Sahu told PTI.

He said he bought alcohol with money he was given for household items.

His parents thought he could quit drug addiction after getting married.

“ I got married in 2016, but I continued with my habits and even assaulted my wife while intoxicated. My wife started living most of the time in her maternal home with my two children and even my parents left me, ” he said.

“A few months ago, I contacted Shiv Kumar Yadav, a police officer from the Sonhat police station, who encouraged me to quit smoking,” Sahu said, adding that he now lives happily with all his life. family.

Amitabh Gupta, a 48-year-old social activist whose organization ‘Samanata Kranti’ was associated with ‘Nijaat’, said as part of the campaign, people have now voluntarily formed committees at the local level, and this has resulted in a helping hand to drive it.

“The campaign has two goals: to locate drug traffickers and take action under the law that was already in force, and to understand the feelings of families of drug addicts and help them,” Gupta said.

He said they have conducted various programs, visited villages and contacted drug addicts and their families.

The focus was on the village of Chhindiya under the Patna District Police Station which was infamous as a hub for drug trafficking. Narcotic substances from neighboring Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand were reportedly smuggled into Chhindiya from there and circulated throughout the district, ”he said.

Police have successfully cracked down on hawkers there and arrested many of them over the past six months, he said.

The campaign is showing significant results in many parts of the district, although it will take time to come to a conclusion (to end the drug threat in the district), Gupta said.

At the initiative of the police commissioner, a detoxification center with 50 beds was also set up in Baikunthpur in the district, he added.

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