Respond to plea on drug addicts: HC to Delhi government

May 16 2018

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday  asked the Aam Aadmi Party-led government and others to file a response  on a plea seeking formulation of proper schemes to provide medical  treatment, nutrition, education and establishing rehabilitation centres  for drug addicts in the national capital.

A bench of Acting Chief  Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar issued notice to the  Delhi government, the Director of Social Welfare Department and the  Commissioner of Police and listed the matter for further hearing on  August 29.

The plea filed by a social activist Salak Chand Jain  through advocate J.K. Gupta has sought the court's direction on  allotment of sufficient funds to rehabilitation centres and other NGOs  working to improve the livelihood of drug addicts.

There is a  lack of rehabilitation centres and there is no mechanism to admit the  drug addicts in such centres and hospitals for treatment, the plea said.

The petitioner told the court that most of the drug addicts were "homeless, helpless and abandoned by their families".

He  said the addicts were allegedly involved in petty thefts, burglaries  and chain-snatching to buy drugs and that such actions created  insecurity in residential areas.

The petitioner requested the  court to issue a direction to form police patrol parties in different  localities under the supervision of the concerned Station House Officer  to nab the drug addicts. He requested that those addicts be admitted in  hospitals and rehabilitation centres.

The plea cited National  Crime Bureau data saying that Delhi is a transit point for drugs  smuggling and large quantities of cocaine, heroin and opium were  consumed in the national capital.

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  • IANS