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Hyderabad: PD act invoked against drug dealer Edwin Nunes and associate

On Monday, Hyderabad police invoked the Preventive Detention (PD) Act against the alleged drug dealer and his associate, Priteesh Borkar, one month after Curlie’s shack owner Edwin Nunes was arrested in Goa.

If the Act is invoked, a year is added to the accused’s sentence. Both the defendants, who were out on bail at the time, were apprehended and taken to Chanchalguda prison.

The Hyderabad police charged Edwin four times with violating the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), and Priteesh twice with the same offense.

Edwin was arrested in November after Priteesh, an alleged drug dealer, confessed after being apprehended with synthetic drugs by Osmania University police by the Hyderabad Narcotics Enforcement Wing (H-NEW).

He allegedly received narcotics from Priteesh. “He (Edwin Nunes) has a network of over 2,000 consumers with the identities of hotel owners located throughout the country,” according to the police.

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‘Anti-Drug Committees’ in all colleges

The Hyderabad city police directed all colleges and other equivalent educational institutions to form Anti-Drug Committees.

In a mandate to colleges across the city, Hyderabad police commissioner CV Anand directed institutions to take up measures to combat the state’s drug menace and protect youngsters.

The committee, which is primarily tasked with preventing drug abuse, must have a minimum of five members drawn from faculty and students.

“It is essential to train young people with the life skills necessary to enable them to deal with different situations without turning to drugs, and the ability to resist peer pressure to use drugs,” a press release stated.

Since the colleges returned to normalcy following the pandemic-induced disruption over the last two years, cops have taken legal action in addition to sensitizing the youth, which eventually reduces the demand side in the illicit drug trade.

These ADCs (Anti-Drug Committees) have been entrusted with playing a key role in raising awareness of the dangers of drug abuse through various digital campaigns, workshops, and seminars to ensure that their campuses are free of the scourge of narcotic substances.





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