Srinagar: In Jammu and Kashmir, over 30 percent of those lodged in different jails are incarcerated for a crime involving drugs.
Official data reveals that 1,418 persons languishing in jails of JK were facing trial or either convicted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances(NDPS) Act-1985.
According to data, more than 4600 undertrials, convicts, and detenues are lodged in jails of JK.
The statistics of the Prison Department as on June 1, 2021, lay bare that 1390 jail inmates were facing trial under the NDPS Act.
Among them, 274 were in age group of 18-25, 546 in age group of 25-35, 367 in age group of 35-45, 173 in age group of 45-60, and 30 over age years of age. Among the undertrials, 1362 are males and 28 females.
The data also reveals that out of 157 convicts lodged in jails of the UT, 28 have been convicted under the NDPS Act.
According to their age profile, two are in age group of 18-25, five in 25-35, 10 in 35-45, eight in 45-60, and three above 60 years. All 28 are males, the data further reveals.
Drug abuse has been on the rise in JK for the past few years with thousands of youth are becoming addict to the menace every month.
The successive elected regimes in JK have done little to curb the menace and to elevate health facilities for the affected population.
In January 2019, the JK government unveiled a drug de-addiction policy to reduce the menace of drugs.
Under the policy, several departments including police are required to reduce the availability of drugs through several measures including cracking down on the supply chain.
Of late, JK Police has launched a crackdown against drug peddlers in Anantnag, Baramulla, Srinagar, Budgam, Sopore and other police districts of Kashmir.