L to R: Amit Shah, Dr Ashish Deshmukh
Former MLA and Congress leader from Nagpur Dr Ashish Deshmukh wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday demanding a CBI and Narcotics Control Board (NCB) probe in the ?uninhibited drug menace in Nagpur.
Deshmukh also said that it was an absolute travesty of justice that a drug menace was happening in the second capital of Maharashtra that has given a former Chief Minister and Home minister Devendra Fadnavis as well as the current Home Minster Anil Deshmukh.
He also suggested Shah to take assistance from international agencies such as Interpol to trace the drug routes in the city.
Deshmukh in the letter wrote:
I wish to draw your kind attention to the recent fast paced developments in Bollywood with the alleged flourishing narcotics use and trade unearthed in the investigation following the alleged unnatural death of the Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput as well its depiction movies like Udta Punjab? have drawn the nations cognizance of rampant (mis)use of drugs and its frightening effects on the society at large.
According to the data of National Crime Record Bureau for the year 2019,the state of Maharashtra reported an extremely high incidence of 2256 individuals committing suicide due to various reasons. Many of these unnatural deaths have been attributed to the addiction and dependence to the narcotic group of drugs.
The same report revealed that in Nagpur 636 people committed suicide last year. Out of these 94 were due to drug abuse, 371 attributing to family matters, 111 pertaining to health issues and 6 to marital problems. Shockingly, drug related deaths in Nagpur outnumber even metropolises like Mumbai and Pune with figures of 88 and 70 respectively.
The deleterious effects of drug abuse have led to broken families, extreme poverty, addicted people resorting to punitive crimes, murders and assaults. The other unwanted effects of drug addiction are loss of productivity which is not at all desirable in a developing country like ours and the fact that the drug addict exists in an unnatural state of mind often leading to catastrophic results.
There are confirmed reports where the drug peddlers have used ingenious methods of moving these banned drugs clandestinely. Nagpur is being used as a hub as a market as well as a transshipment area for drug peddlers from nearby states (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana etc) and even as far as Delhi, UP etc.
There are also reports that drug peddling is at a massive scale that may involve neighboring countries such as, Pakistan and Afghanistan which use drug money for militant activities and may use conduits like Nepal and coastal areas which find its way into Central India and cities like Nagpur.
It is an absolute travesty of justice that this is happening in the second capital of Maharashtra that has given a former CM and Home minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis as well as the current Home Minster Shri Anil Deshmukh. This is testimony that the administration and police have turned a blind eye to the happenings or it is beyond the capacity of the state police as it involves so many other states.
These habit-forming psychotropic agents that enslave people to them and the street value of the drugs being very high leads to moral and financial bankruptcy coupled the possible inability to procure drugs and alcohol is cited as reason behind many such suicides. The addiction lads to crimes like robbery, theft to fuel their desire.
There is an urgent need of everyone to be vigilant and report any nefarious activity in their surroundings to effectively contain this menace before it destroys our society specially the youngsters of common families.
The authorities also should ensure that various agencies of the Government should focus on curbing this hazard.
The Narcotics Control Board (NCB) and the CBI as a part of the current investigation should explore as to how a relatively small place like Nagpur should fall prey to the drug menace and the spiraling suicides that are attributed to it. May I also submit that to trace the drug routes we could take assistance from international agencies such as Interpol etc.
I sincerely appeal to you that such a move will curb this menace and make our community and country a better place to live.
I request you for CBI and NCB enquiry in this regard in the interest of the society.
RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President
The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.
Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.
Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.
The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.
Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka, Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.
President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .
Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.
Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .
Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.
Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.
“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.
“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.
With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.
Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live
A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.
During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.
On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.
The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.
After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.