CHINIOT/KASUR

Hundreds of students held a protest demonstration against increasing drug addiction among the national youth.

Over 300 students of Islamia College Chiniot staged a protest rally against the menace in the district from College campus to DPO Office. They were holding placards and banners and chanting slogans against drug addiction. The students were of the view that some elements of the law enforcement agencies were also involved in the nefarious trade which must be ended now.

They said that a number of students have also fallen prey to addiction.  When the rally reached his office, DPO Munir Zia came out and addressed the students. He claimed that Chiniot police were aware of the problem and a number of suspects had been jailed while heavy quantity of narcotics seized from them.

He said bootlegging had been curtailed by the police through patrolling and police posts at entry and exit points of the district.  All the SHOs and in-charges have also been directed to intensify the campaign against drug peddlers, he added. After the assurance, the students dispersed peacefully and traffic which remained suspended for about one hour restored.

In Kasur, a student was crushed to death while another suffered injuries when a truck hit their bike on Kasur Ganda Singh Road near Kamal Chishti Chowk, in the limits of B-Division police station.

Hundreds of students staged a protest demonstration and blocked the road by burning tyres. Husnain Yaqoob, along with his class fellow Husnain Jamil, students of B Com final year at Government Commerce College Kasur, were on their way to their college by a motorcycle. Near the college, a speedy truck coming from opposite direction hit the motorcycle, leaving Yaqoob dead on the spot and seriously injuring Jamil. The injured was rushed to DHQ Hospital where his condition is stated to be critical. The truck driver managed to escape.

Receiving the news of the death of their college fellow, students boycotted the classes and came to the road to express their concern over reckless driving on the college road. The students burnt tyres on the road and threw traffic out of gear. The students demanded the arrest of the accused driver.