Chennai City Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan has warned of punitive action against drug peddlers in the city.
“Police personnel are closely monitoring to prevent sale of narcotic substances near schools and colleges. Strong action has been initiated against those indulging in such criminal acts. If they continue to do so, the Goondas Act will be invoked against them,” Viswanathan said.
He said this after he inaugurated an awareness rally on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking at the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, Koyambedu.
He said around 1,90,000 people have so far lost their lives due to drug addiction. Drug abuse could also influence youngsters to indulge in anti-social activities or terrorism.
Over 250 students from Police Boys’ Clubs from Arumbakkam and Koyambedu participated in the programme. The Commissioner also complimented the winners of oratorical and essay competitions on the ill-effects of drugs.
Students addicted to drugs must be rehabilitated to lead a normal life again, he added.