A policeman will soon be part of parent-teacher meetings at schools and colleges in the city. The police will also look into eve-teasing, availability of narcotics, and hooliganism on campus. The Drug Free Campus (DFC) campaign, a Mumbai Police initiative that is set to roll out this academic year, will investigate these issues. DFC is the brainchild of police commissioner Rakesh Maria.
Deputy commissioner of police, Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC), Kishore Jadhav said: "There are allegations that drugs are being sold in and outside campuses and that students are getting hooked to ganja, charas, cocaine and the like. The commissioner felt the department should take proactive action in this regard."
Explaining the campaign, Jadhav said, "We aim at making educational institutions, within and outside, free from drugs. Officers will contact heads of schools and colleges and request them to appoint a nodal officer (professor) to liaison with the police. We will also interact with parents' committees and members of students' unions. A policeman from the ANC in the local police station will take part in the parents'/institution meetings and look into issues such as availability of drugs, eve-teasing and hooliganism on campus."
The police also have plans to contact paanwallahs, tea vendors and chemists to gather information on drug peddling outside campuses. "These people know about sale of contraband near college premises, and, if some of them are found to be involved in this, action will be taken against them," said an officer who will be part of the campaign.
He explained that once the news about the police's proactive role in checking drug menace around education institutions spreads, peddlers will hesitate to carry on their trade in these places.