Jammu, June 18: Officials of Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council on Monday launched a cleanliness drive to destroy blood-stained syringes and empty vials found near the washroom of indoor complex of Maulana Azad Stadium.
Secretary State Sports Council Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra also ordered a detailed probe after a report on Sunday exposed the recovery of blood stained syringes and empty vials inside MA Stadium’s washroom.
”The Sports Council Staff on Monday morning swung into action and immediately launched the cleanliness drive within the premises of the Indoor Complex besides the location where a dump of blood stained syringes and empty vials were found,” sources said.
They added that the area surrounded by bushes, was also put on fire to completely destroy the material.
”We have ordered a probe into the matter and the officers concerned were asked to submit the report within 24 hours,” Parra said.
The official Whatsapp group of the J&K Sports Council was also criticised by the members, who expressed concern and sought immediate address of the menace.
”This is a very serious matter and needs to be addressed immediately,” asserted Ranjeet Kalra, vice-chairman, Jammu District State Sports Council and Member, State Sports Council.
He also requested the Secretary to take prompt action and proper enquiry and follow up action with corrective measures.
The recovery of empty vials and syringes, several blood stained, behind the washroom of the Indoor Complex and on the ventilators inside the Maulana Azad Stadium, had posed a big question mark on the functioning of the department.
”It should not be taken lightly as it is a cause of concern for one and all,” said Zorawar Singh Jamwal, Chairman, Team Jammu, which is an amalgam of members of the civil society comprised of representatives from different sections established in 2015 to fight against drug abuse.
”If the drugs are being used by the players then it is really worrisome but if it is handwork of some non-players then those, who are guarding the premises or taking care of it, must be taken to task for it,” he asserted. Jamwal said the recovery of the syringes was an alarming development.
Grant-in-aid amounting to Rs 14.30 crore was sanctioned on June 12 for block level sports in Jammu and Kashmir by the Union Home Ministry.
The fund was sanctioned by the Union Sports Ministry under the ‘Khelo India’ scheme.
An amount of Rs 10 lakh per block will be spent under the scheme in all the 143 blocks of Jammu and Kashmir’s 22 districts, the Home Ministry said in a statement.
The central grant of Rs 14.30 crore will be used to provide soft support in terms of coaches, equipment, consumables, technical support, organising competitions, including boarding and lodging facilities, and travelling expenses for participants among others.