Paradip, August 12 (LocalWire): Hundreds of women from Udayabat area under Paradip police limit today protested the illegal supply of brown sugar in Paradip by demonstrating and ransacking a hut where local youths consumed and sold brown sugar.
They caught two drug peddlers and handed them to the local police.
Illegal supply of brown sugar by drug peddlers has worsened the situation in Paradip and surrounding areas.
Despite frequent protests and request to check illegal sale of the contraband, neither the police nor excise officials failed to take action them.
The increasing volume of illegal supply of brown sugar is finding its way to Paradip, Kujang, Jagatsinghpur and other areas of this district. Many peddlers have a customer base, especially of students and effectively use mobile phones to deliver the contraband.
They sell so discreetly that it has become increasingly difficult for the police find clues about the business.
The drug is available in different slums of Paradip but police or excise officials have failed to unearth the racket on many occasions.
While a kilogram of ganja can be procured at Rs 3,000, the peddlers sell it to individual customers at twice the price.
Peddlers dealing in brown sugar charge Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 for 10 grams.
The margin of profit is three times the procurement price.
Country liquor is also sold in open outlets and in betel shops without any license in Paradip. Though, the district administration has been urged to take action to stop the growing the menace of illicit liquor in different villages, no action has yet been taken against them.
IIC of Paradip police station, Rajani Kant Samal, said ‘local women detained two drug peddlers and informed police about the recovery of brown sugar from their possession.
Police lodged an FIR and a case has been registered against them. They have been arrested today’.