Say no to drugs, al­co­hol this New Year’s Eve

Stu­dents, prom­i­nent cit­i­zens, ac­tors, film direc­tors and po­lice of­fi­cers pledge to have cel­e­bra­tions with­out al­co­hol, ad­dic­tive sub­stances

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VASHI: A day ahead of the New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions, the city po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate and the state’s Nasha­bandi Man­dal along with the city-based non-govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion An­vay Vyasan Mukti Ken­dra, or­gan­ised an aware­ness pro­gramme against ad­dic­tion.

School stu­dents along with po­lice per­son­nel and sev­eral res­i­dents pledged against ad­dic­tion to drugs, al­co­hol and other sub­stances at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi on Wed­nes­day. A street play was con­ducted on the oc­ca­sion by Ja­gruti Foun­da­tion.

Po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan said, “Ad­dic­tion, whether of al­co­hol, drugs or other such sub­stances, has not done any good to any­one. It has ru­ined sev­eral lives, not just of the ad­dicts but also their fam­i­lies.”

“New Year Eve is cer­tainly a time to cel­e­brate but it does not mean that we lose our senses,” said Ran­jan. “The youth are lured to drugs and other ad­dic­tions by peo­ple near their schools and col­leges.”

“There are in­stances of youth fall­ing prey to al­co­hol and drugs dur­ing new year cel­e­bra­tions. Hence we or­gan­ised this pro­gramme just be­fore the par­ties be­gin,” said Mag­dum, one of the or­gan­is­ers.

“We tar­geted res­i­dents who are ad­dicted to al­co­hol and drugs. We also spoke to the young­sters, guid­ing them to stay away from such ad­dic­tions,” Mag­dum said.

Nage asked the stu­dents to not do any­thing that would hurt their par­ents. “They are sac­ri­fic­ing a lot for you and you need to understand their feel­ings,” he said.

Po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan, ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice Vi­jay Cha­van, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Shahji Umap, Nasha­bandi Man­dal gen­eral sec­re­tary Var­sha Vi­las, film di­rec­tor Satish More, ac­tor Dev­dutt Nage and An­vay cen­tre di­rec­tor Ajit Mag­dum too were present for the pro­gramme, that was held in the con­text of the new year cel­e­bra­tions on Thurs­day.

THE PRO­GRAMME WAS OR­GAN­ISED AS THERE WERE IN­STANCES OF YOUTH FALL­ING PREY TO AL­CO­HOL AND DRUGS DUR­ING NEW YEAR CEL­E­BRA­TIONS

Par­tic­i­pants of the aware­ness camp against ad­dic­tion take self­ies at Shivaji Chowk, Vashi, on Wed­nes­day.

PHO­TOS:BACHCHAN KU­MAR

(From left) Ac­tor Dev­dutt Nage, Nasha­bandi Man­dal gen­eral sec­re­tary Var­sha Vi­las, deputy com­mis­sioner Shahji Umap, deputy com­mis­sioner Suresh Mengde and com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan take a pledge against ad­dic­tion.

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