`Youth from elite Goa families addicted to drugs since 80s`

Newly appointed Goa Director General of Police Aditya Arya said the state has been facing the menace of narcotics since the 1980s when youths from elite families began to fall for the addiction.

Last Updated: May 12, 2011, 09:20 AM IST

Panaji: Newly appointed Goa Director General
of Police (DGP) Aditya Arya on Thursday said the state has been
facing the menace of narcotics since the 1980s when youths
from elite families began to fall for the addiction.

Arya said during his posting as Sub Division Police
officer in Goa in 1984, he encountered the problem when youths
from well-to-do families of the capital city became drug
addicts.

"That time the children used to get tit bit of drugs,"
he said.

Arya claimed that in the 80s the state was neither a
transit point nor used to produce drugs but small amount of
narcotics were available to the local youths.

"I was associated with the drug abuse prevention
programme launched by a NGO," he said, adding that he would
not mind getting associated again with similar initiatives.

"In case of drug abuse, the recovery rate is five per
cent but we have been able to help children recover," the DGP
said.

Arya has taken over charge from Bhimsen Bassi, who has
been transferred to Delhi Police.

When questioned about the policemen-drug peddler nexus
exposed last year, Arya said he is yet to study the situation.

"I want entire Goa to respond to the anti-drugs
movement," he said.

PTI