Drug menace in city: Beware of sharks waiting to pounce on innocents

Drug menace in city: Beware of sharks waiting to pounce on innocents

Mangalore, Feb 10: It is indeed commendable to see the district administrative machinery pledging to the fight the menace of drugs in the city. It is however, annoying to note that it needed a wakeup call in the form of Sneha’s death for all concerned to come together and demonstrate their resolve to fight against the menace. While it is laudable for being late than never in their doggedness to fight the evil of drugs, there are many question that remain unanswered.

For quite some time now parents and children of high school and college going students were apprehensive about the activities of drug mafia which was believed to be active in Mangalore targeting mainly the youth. Many parents of young students had expressed their concern to the school authorities during their school/college admissions only to be assured that they will be safe. I remember parents saying they feel ‘scary’ sending their children to colleges. Sadly now this scary situation has become a reality!

Hand in Glove or Lethargic

Contrary to assurances from college authorities, leading counselors of the city who have been regularly handling young drug victims of the city, might be able to give an appalling figure of the number of drug addiction cases they have been handling on a daily basis. It is not that the police and the district administration that have now shown willingness to fight the evil were oblivious to the happenings around them. They knew very well but were either hand in glove with the city’s drug mafia or were too lethargic thinking it is safer to live with the problem than to fight it.

Take for example, in July 2012, police had arrested four youth for smoking ganja in a public place in Shaktinagar. In September 2012, Bunder police had arrested four college students who were trying to sell ganja and newspaper reports suggested they were all students of some of the well known colleges in the city. There was also an incident of a young college student being caught by police in Kulshekar two years who was possessing drugs. These are just a few examples and there might be many more such incidents which might have escaped our eyes. These incidents should have been like an eye opener to the police and the administration but sadly nothing was done.

After Sneha’s suicide episode police have conducted raids on some of the suspected petty shops but could not find anything. It is now believed that these shops were raided based on the earlier complaints received from public who suspected them to be selling drugs. A police official who did not want to be named says there are informers (within and outside) who warn these shops about the impending police raids. Naturally, they go scot free because nothing is found during raids. Vandana, a homemaker says in Lalbagh there was this petty shop owner who doubled up as a swami and indulged in selling drugs for quite some time.

Similarly there is a petty shop near circuit house and youngsters from different parts of the city come in their bikes to this shop just to smoke cigarettes or that is what we are made to believe. This has been happening for more than two decades and the general public is suspecting that there is something fishy going on here. There have been one or two raids on the shop long ago but without any results mainly because it is believed that informers had alerted them in advance about such raids. Imagine, this happens under the very nose of the police because there is a police station at a stone’s throw away from this petty shop.


The very fact that Sneha had called up the child helpline and also the police complaining about her house arrest when her parents had prohibited her from going out, should have swung the police into action. Surprisingly they just donned the role of counselors suggesting her parents to provide her treatment rather than trying to ferret out details from her in order to catch the real kingpins who were targeting our youth and make them drug addicts.

Sneha’s parents have done a service to the society by coming out in the open about their daughter knowing full the discomfiture and stigma they might face following the death of their daughter due to drugs. There must have been many more Snehas and double that number of boys whose lives might have withered due to their drug addiction.

Mafia lures Innocent Children

A senior counselor with years of teaching experience to her credit, divulges that high school and college students easily fall prey not only to drugs but to other nefarious activities. Requesting her anonymity (as it is a private matter) she gave the example of a 12 year old boy who was lured by another kind of mafia, to steal car logos. Remember the missing logos of leading brands of car in the city? The police who had caught hold of the boy had found 56 logos in the terrace of his home and the well-to-do parents of the boy who were ignorant of it, were shell shocked on learning what their child was into it. This boy was believed to have been coaxed by a gang who promised money for every logo he stole. The boy who comes from a well off family was lured by the easy money promised by the gang which used him for this wicked activity. Luckily for the boy, the counselor says, he fell into the hands of a good police official who was considerate and hence the boy could be reformed.

Similarly the counselor also tells the chilling story of another primary school boy who was used by drug peddlers as a conduit. This boy was from a poor background and he was promised Rs 100 just for delivering a small pocket. This boy who suddenly began to handle money did not know how to spend it. He began to distribute packets of biscuits to his classmates regularly and his generosity saved him from a greater calamity. Teachers who suspected something was amiss and were shocked to learn the child was used for peddling drugs. Of course, the police caught the real culprit behind this case. The counselor who handled the counseling for the boy learnt that the boy came from a poor background and one of the teachers in the class regularly chided him for wearing torn or dirty clothes. As the boy had only one pair he was not able to wash the uniform regularly. So when he was promised of Rs. 100 just for handing over a small packet to someone he did not suspect anything and easily pocketed the ‘gift’ of Rs. 100/-.

This counselor also gives example of PUC boys of some reputed colleges who are always found smoking in the parking lots of some of the malls of the city. “They come in uniforms from their homes but wear casual clothes inside. Once they come to the city they pack their uniforms in their bags and enjoy their freedom. Parents are unaware of this kind of behaviour from their children”, she points out.

Add to that is the fact that some college lecturers send the boys out of their class for weeks together even for silly crimes like talking in the class. The college authorities do not inform the parents about this. Nowhere to go and with lot of time of hand, these boys and girls end up enjoying in the malls and fall prey to bad activities.

Sometimes even school/college authorities are also helpless. A headmistress of a city school narrates an incident of a 9th standard girl of her school going out with her boyfriend during PT class as the teacher was absent. She used the telephone from a shop nearby to call her boyfriend (they are not allowed to carry mobiles) and zoomed off in the bike. “Though parents blame us we cannot do anything in such instances” says this helpless headmistress.

While Sneha’s parents should be commended for their bravery it is also a stark reminder for parents to keep a watch on their children and also on their peers. Peer pressure being the biggest source of influence, it is necessary to keep an eye on their friends apart from keeping a watch on their own children.

The district administration and the police need to keep up the tempo of their fight against the drug menace and save the precious lives of our children.



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  • Pinto, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    With all due respect sir, let me point out to you that you are making a very irresponsible and highly generalized statement. You cant say all petty shops near schools sell drugs. For one thing, if those ppl sold drugs they wouldn't have to stand inside that confined space from early in the morning to late at night. They are already harassed by the police. most of them are widows, people who are physically challenged or unfit for physical labour. Please, i beg you to let them lead a respectable life in the society. They work from 6 in the morning to 10 at night, 365 days.! They are the poorest of the poor, if they could afford to rent a shop they would have. because their confined shops dont even have air circulation, toilet, water, electricity nothing. They are one of the most hardworking people there are. none of them have any links with big leaders as you say coz many of them even after two or three decades are still at the same point where they started. And these shops were once given to them by the likes of 'lions club'. If uprooted like you say, they will have to commit suicide like Sneha.

    Another point from personal experience sir, drug pedlers in mangalore are mostly mobile. they are in a certain pre-fixed place at a certain pre-fixed time sell to those known ppl. not much talking happens. Pay the ready money take your quantity., no questions. within two minutes all is over.

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  • JR,

    Tue, Feb 12 2013


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  • john, udupi

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    with overload cbse and salary of
    3000-6000 dont expext teachers to
    waste time on findong or correcting
    mistakes of parents who r busy
    making money.

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    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    If Educational institutions are alert every year by checking Blood samples of each student,then we can catch the drug addicted student at the 1st stage only.If Institution administrators are not checking means ,they are not worried about their students & least worried about the society.

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  • Peter Pereira, Pune

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    Very sensible suggestions by Mr. Mohandas Kapikad. Parents and youths should be made aware of destructive effects of drugs through media, schools & colleges. People think it is same like alcohol, but, no chemical dependency is different than alcohol.

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  • Mohandas Kapikad, Mangaluru

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    Around 15 years back in Mangalore drugs around 1 crore was seized. As per norms, once produced before court a small portion will be sent for testing & remaining portion will be destroyed on presumption of it as drugs. Few months later the report of testing came back stating it as Glucose powder.

    Now this is mockery of the present system as who lied who. Whether police seized wrong goods ? or whether materials transformed on reaching testing lab ? or unseen hands played a prime role in the episode of recognising the substance as Glucose.

    In present senario perhaps one has to ask himself of what not to attach to, or what is bad or good, or with whom to mingle or not.

    I feal the best solutions are
    # proper announcements by government as Statutory warnings, Message to mass.
    # appeal in various media & awarness programmes as to know the effects of drugs.
    # proper rehabilitation programmes for addicts, so as to leave addiction & proper counsilling programmes.
    # strict police investigations & proper vigil frequently on places of availability of drugs.
    # speady court process in case the cases are registered.
    # Self analysis in all educational institutions, so that students themselve anyalis & restrain from addiction to any habits, be it Smoking, drugs or liquour.

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  • wilma, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    There is something fishy about Snehas death. In this todays world when parents are hesistant to tell anyone about their childrens bad habits its opposite in Snehas parents case. They openly accepted n agreed n in fact her father wanted to protect other children in future instead of spending some valued time with the second daughter of theirs. If at all they had done the same with Sneha may be today she wud have been in this world. Was she forced to commit suicide anyways i request the concerned officials to take serious action in this case n pray let snehas soul rest in peace.

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  • Peter Pereira, Pune

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    Be alert when you notice the following in your children:
    a) Sudden change in mood. Sometimess with full of energy and sometimes very dull.
    b) Change in sleeping habbits
    c) Change in food style (Preferring lot of sweets when in good mood)
    d) Negligence of hygiene. Avoiding bath.
    e) Usage of too much perfumes/body odour.
    f) Preferring to be alone, spending too much time in bathrooms, dependent on music.

    The above are few symptoms of drug addictions. If you notice your child's chemical dependency, pls. do not abuse children or always suspect them, but, show more care, love and concern. Anger and hatred will make the things worst.

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  • Pinto, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    The way Sneha's mother jumped to blame the daughters drug habits clearly suggests she is diverting attention. something happened that night after the girl demanded money and after thinking till morning she has come up with a story of suicide. I'm not saying Sneha was not addicted. I'm saying the mother is diverting attention to that part.!

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  • Pinto, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    Interesting article this is.
    1. Most petty shop owners have a God’s picture inside their shops. They sell cigarettes which is still legal when sold to above 18s and away from educational institutes. These people live from hand to mouth. It is wrong to blame them as they don’t even have a union to support them. I don’t know of even one such petty shop owner being caught for selling narcotics. Cops know very well who sells what but harass these poor vendors. The cops and the corporation authorities also demand and accept regular 'Hafta' from these poor ppl. If the guy mentioned above really sold drugs, he’d not have to work in that small shop from two decades.!
    2. It is high time India like other countries legalizes ganja. That way you can better control its sale, grow it more hygienically, collect tax, ban the sale to minors etc.. because ppl who want to smoke weed still do. What’s the point in not selling it legally? coz the weed now available in the market is of very poor quality, and is hazardous to health.
    3. Our teachers should be better trained to handle children. School children today sniff whiteners, paint thinners etc inside classrooms and teachers can’t make out.! Forget about schools protecting our children from drugs.!

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  • Aethist, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    Conduct regular blood check ups in all schools and colleagues at least once in a month. This may not lead to curb the drug addiction completely but will help in creating a fear in students mind to stay away from drugs. Also conduct regular seminars and awareness programs against the consumption of drugs. Educate the youth about the consequences.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    Good article!

    Please find out who were Late Sneha's friends and extract info which will lead to the supply chain. The supplier must be put in jail life long.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    Stories like realities! Extremely dangerous!
    Parents can't afford to ignore children's higher studies, which are accompanied by the risk of falling prey to drug addiction or supply chain service providers, to earn tempting pocket money!
    Mostly the parents are busy in earning their daily bread, unable to pay thorough attention to their children's outside activities.
    Without complete and prioritized help of Police, law enforcers, social group, Teachers and Parents, we are MAKING OUR ENEMY COUNTRY, happy & Successful in their all out effort traffic drugs,to ruin our youth and future!

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    We are still there - we have not even limped out of square one - who is the supplier of this deadly product ?

    Parents, please do not leave your children in situations they are not able to explain you 'where s/he was at a particular time'. Ensure that you know their every move and location.

    Its easy to get into a bad habit but a herculean task to get out of it !

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  • John Vas, Kulshekar/Dubai

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    It is really sad news drugs control is beyond police control in Mangalore. Moral Education is very important to children. Law Enforcement Authorities must act strictly without taking bribes from Mafia because it is a life of an innocent youngster is at risk. Parents, Teachers, Seniors, Govt. officials, Shop Keepers PLEASE SAY NO TO ALL THESE EVIL THINGS. When young boy/girl goes ones in hands of these kind of addictions it will create an nuisance in the family as well as society. Well informed article to know the truth. Keep publishing these kind of articles Daijiworld, GOD BLESS YOU.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sun, Feb 10 2013

    Apart from blaming or supporting Law Enforcement Authorities, I think Parents & Teachers should also take some more responsibility to control the menace of Drug Trafficking. Whenever their Children or Students showing addiction to Drugs, they should try to locate the supplier of the Drugs with the help of Law Enforcement Authorities. Unless we catch the main culprit, we can’t control the menace too

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