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Odisha cops to use sports to keep slum youths away from drugs


BHUBANESWAR: To advertise sports in slums and dissuade youth from substance abuse, the commissionerate police is scheduled to release APOSSA Yojna (All-round promotion of sports in slums and younger juveniles against narcotics abuse) in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack on Monday. Commissioner of police Satyajit Mohanty said goal of the initiative is to take slum dwellers into self assurance and prevent crimes in the ones areas.


Total of 436 slums with a population of over 3 lakh exist in Bhubaneswar. While town’s population is round 9.five lakh, over 30 per cent of the people reside in slums. “We normally in finding loss of social bonding and societal duty amongst the ones living in slums. They deal with police as their enemies and rarely hassle to tell us if they arrive across any legal actions in their environment. Police additionally rarely get time to interact with the slum dwellers. Now we wish to bridge the gap between police and slum dwellers,” Mohanty said, adding “We will organise different wearing actions, like soccer and volleyball fits for slum folks. Sporting competitions can be organised between different slums.”


Since slums are regarded as as protected haven for drug peddlers and anti-socials, the police have determined to release consciousness drives against narcotics abuse. “We busted several drug trafficking rackets in slums. We will behavior sensitisation programmes among the slum-dwellers to check the menace,” the commissioner of police said.


Sources said brown sugar worth over Rs 30 lakh was once seized and 20 folks arrested in separate crackdowns in numerous slums, together with Haladi Padia and Salia Sahi here, prior to now six months. Besides, a lot of anti-social elements had been arrested from different slums in connection with theft, housebreaking and circumstances of snatching.


Deputy commissioner of police Anup Kumar Sahoo said police would ceaselessly consult with slums and advertise community policing within the areas. “Our personnel will ceaselessly consult with slums, have interaction with folks and sensitise them to their duties to society. We will even request them to stay a watch on suspicious actions,” Sahoo said.


There is also plan to contain slum dwellers to stop crimes in their areas. Police are likely to establish youth clubs and women self-help groups in slums in order that law enforcement officials can partner with them in keeping up peace and legislation and order within the areas.


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