Betting, Drug Menace swell crime graph in Kathua, courtesy IPL

Sarvjeet Singh
Kathua, May 10:

The crime graph in the bordering district here has allegedly shown an immense rise due to betting and drugs menace in view of ongoing IPL season across the country.
According to well placed sources, the Kathua town-situated close to the border of neighbouring Punjab and Himachal Pradesh States has in the recent pas has emerged as soft target for the drug mafia following which the city youth is falling prey to drug abuse cases.
Cricket lovers although having a gala time watching IPL and supporting their favourite teams, but betting on teams has given another dimension to ‘Gentleman’s Game’ in this belt, sources added.
“Youth particularly the teenagers are getting fast into betting during IPL season, which is ultimately ruining their lives,” they added.
One of the men pleading anonymity said that cricket lovers, on seeing their friends minting money by indulging into betting, get allured and follow the footsteps, which land them into trouble. “Wining every time is not the surety but to fulfill their dreams of having lavishing lifestyle, force them to get into betting,” he added alleging that drug menace is one of the major reasons behind these youngsters have adopted this trend of minting money through this mode.
“Betting and drugs-are often visible in this belt these days and it has ultimately shown upward graph in crime related incidents,” sources said.
“As per data available, in the recent past, around dozen cases of two wheelers theft was reported in the district and all is happening to accomplish their dreams of lavish living besides drugs,” they added.
The most alarming is that not even the school goers are left untouched from betting in the IPL and they are spending their ‘pocket money’ into it, they maintained.
“Fearing social stigma, the parents do not share or divulge details with the police but the threat is looming large,” they said.
Sources alleged that police is also ‘hand in glove’ with the bookies, who undoubtedly have political shelter to run their ‘illegal business’.
“Betting cases are common in Nagri, Ward 5, 6, 13 but police despite being aware of it, is not initiating action against the culprits, reasons better known to them,” they said.

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