Tripura: Abuse of Narcotics Among E-Rickshaw Drivers Remains a Cause of Concern
A special initiative to address the issue will soon be started by the police department of the state of Tripura.
AGARTALA: The drivers of e-rickshaws in Agartala city, who are vital to the operation of public transportation, are allegedly addicted to drugs, particularly brown sugar, which is a worrying development for the city.
According to sources, the e-rickshaw pullers have been found to be the largest consumers of contraband substances that are readily accessible in tiny vials. It has been noted that about 80% of e-rickshaw drivers suffer from such substance addictions. Even though they put in a full day's work, they spend their hard-earned money on illegal substances after work. Since there are many peddlers who continue to hawk these drugs in specific areas of the city, they are easily accessible in the local market.
According to police officials, the city's drug supply chain could not be disrupted, even with intensive police department monitoring, for unidentified reasons. And a special initiative to address the issue will soon be started by the department, which had already received enough information regarding the growing number of drug abuse cases among e-rickshaw drivers.
Brown sugar, also locally referred to as "Kouta," has a disastrous effect on a person's health when consumed. Someone will develop an addiction if they take it regularly even for a short duration. According to a source, an addict's craving for this drug will drive them insane for the rest of their lives. According to sources among the e-rickshaw drivers, drugs have replaced other addictive substances like alcohol and ganja in many cases.
The largest source of supply for e-rickshaw drivers is the vagrant population that lives on the streets of Agartala, sleeping there day and night. The administration is fully aware that these kinds of factors are what lead to drug abuse in the city, but they don't seem to care. The new generation of drug addicts that could eventually cause a major law and order issue are the e-rickshaw drivers. The state police force is already feeling the effects of the drug problem, but the government has not yet found a cure, according to a source.