Urges society to act now against drug menace
Srinagar, Apr 6: Observing that courts owe a duty towards society and have to play a role in eradicating the drug menace, Principal District & Sessions judge, Kupwara rejected bail plea of two drug peddlers in the north Kashmir district on Friday.
The court rejected bail to plea by Mohammad Kamal Dar son of Mohammad Samander Dar of Paripora, Batbugh, Kupwara and Shabir Ahmad Chuhan son of Ghulam Mohammad Chauhan of Dardpora Lalpora. On 08 August last year, Police Station Kupwara recovered 350 grams of brown sugar from the possession of Dar while on February 1 this year, Charas weighing 4 kgs were recovered from the possession of Chuhan. Both the accused had filed bail application before the court.
While rejecting the bail applications, the court observed that the quantity of drug seized from the accused was of commercial quantity and they were involved in heinous offences. The court observed that the courts owe a duty towards society and have to play a role in eradicating the drug menace.
“Large section of population especially youth are getting effected. This is a matter of concern for the whole society. The menace of drug trade, if not checked at all levels by all the agencies of the State, be it Executive or Judiciary, there are chances that it may engulf the whole society,” the court said, adding, “The drug trade and drug consumption has affected the social fabric of our society.” The Principal District & Sessions judge further observed that courts cannot shut eyes to the glaring reality of the ill effects of drug trade.
“While the drug trade may be lucrative for some drug peddlers but for large section of population, it creates havoc and is affecting the very basis of the society. A drug dealer not only spoils his life but also the life of members of society.”
The Legislature, the court said, has also kept bar for grant of bail when the quantity seized is a commercial quantity.
“Judiciary has also to take into consideration the ill effects of the drug trade and give effect to the legislative intent. It is collective need of society that the drug trade is curbed with heavy hands. The court cannot be insensitive when dealing with the bail application of drug peddler especially when the quantity is commercial quantity,” the court according to GNS said.
While dismissing the applications, the court observed that day in and day out drug trafficking was on increase. “Large chunk of population especially youth are getting addicted. There is collective need of all to rise to the occasion.”
The court also laid emphasis that it was the duty of teachers in the schools whether Government or Private to make aware the students regarding the ill effects of the drug consumption. The court has further observed that it was also the duty of Imams of the mosques, priests or other religious heads to rise to the occasion and make people aware regarding the devastating effects of drug dealing and drug consumption. “Need is to rise to the occasion now and tomorrow will be too late.” (GNS)