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Covid fuels drug abuse, 12% first time users in J&K: Details

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The misuse of narcotics and psychoactive substances is on the rise in the Jammu and Kashmir UT and there is no denial about it. However, the drug abuse has increased during the covid-19 pandemic.

According to a recent study, 3538 new cases of drug addiction have been reported in the rehabilitation centres across the UT including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh region.

The data suggests that 12% of the people constitute of the first time users of the drugs while 20-25% were already into the drug abuse.

The most used and costliest drug used by the youth is heroin. A young boy from Kashmir belonging to a financially reputed family told Media that the the heroin drug by the drug peddler is sold free for the first 2 weeks and charged after that.

He also said that he sold his phone for the money and later ended up losing more things from his house. Once he started consuming 2-8 grams of the drug, he was affected with Hepatitis c.

According to experts, the drug abuse has increased due to the covid lockdown in the Country. Many consider it as a source to escape from their life problems. However, the youth has become a target of it. Most of the drug intake is done in the form of injections.

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Shopkeeper shot dead by terrorists

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On Wednesday evening, a 25-year-old shopkeeper was shot dead by an unknown terrorist at Habba Kadal, Srinagar. As per the sources, the deceased runs a mobile shop. The shopkeeper was identified as Umar Ahmed.

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Ahmed was shifted to SMHS Hospital. Ahmed succumbed to his injuries. The hospital officials confirmed that Ahmed was brought dead on arrival. Meanwhile, security forces have cordoned the area off, and a hunt was launched to arrest the attackers. This attack comes a day after a police officer was shot dead by suspected militants in Srinagar’s Nowgam area.

Amish Mahajan
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JK Media

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Two Killed, Eight Others Injured In Road Accident

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Two persons, one of them an 8-month-old infant and a 90-year-old man, were killed, while eight persons were injured after a cab they were travelling in met with an accident near Jabdi area in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Thursday.

Oficial sources said that the vehicle bearing registration number JK05B-8799 driven by one Mohammad Yaseen Shah met with the accident at Baghbella Jabdi, resulting into on the spot death of Sadar Ali Shah, 90, son of Fazilali Shah of Bijaldar jabdi and the infant Afan.

Eight persons were injured in the accident and have been hospitalized, officials said.

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Suspicious bag found in Srinagar’s Lasjan bypass area

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A suspicious bag, which triggered a bomb scare, was found in the Lasjan bypass area in Srinagar on Thursday morning.
According to the bomb disposal squad, the bag was empty.

More details are awaited.

Earlier on Wednesday, a terrorist affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) was killed in an encounter with the police in orchards of the Shirmal area of Shopian.

The terrorist identified as Sajad Ahmad Bhat was active since September 2020 and was involved in several terror crime cases, said the police in an official statement. A joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 44RR, and 178Bn Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Shirmal area.

As per the police, he was given the opportunity to surrender, however, he fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which retaliated leading to an encounter. Arms and ammunition including one pistol with magazine, one grenade, and other incriminating materials were recovered from the encounter site.

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Covid-19 Stats

24 Jun 2021, 4:00 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

30,092,448 Total Cases
392,123 Death Cases
29,064,502 Recovered Cases

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