Filing of a missing complaint at a police outpost in Silchar town on Sunday afternoon, recovery of his decomposed body 48 hours later in one of the boys’ hostel situated at Panchayat road in Silchar, have raised many an eyebrow.
Dispelling any mystery attached to it, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Cachar district, Rakesh Roshan, talking to Northeast Now, on Wednesday said, “Though the post-mortem report is yet to come, but the 16-year-old boy, a resident of Radhamadhav road in Silchar, died due to fatal overdose of ‘drugs’.”
“We have carried out our preliminary investigation and picked up Nihal Singha, another teenager and a friend of the deceased after seeing the CCTV footage of the hostel on Tuesday night for interrogation.”
He added, “The parents of the deceased too have confessed that he took to these bad habits at a very tender age and though they were repeatedly trying to bring him out of it, they failed miserably.”
On condition of anonymity, a close confidante of the deceased’s family, informed, “For such habit, he was even rusticated from a prestigious private school in Silchar when he was only in his eighth standard.”
When asked how such psychotropic drugs reach the kids as such cases are alarmingly on the rise in Silchar SP Roshan said, “We have been successful in arresting the big fishes in this trade, but the smaller ones are still present in some fringe areas and we are working on it to stem all such elements.”
On use of a hostel room by such young boys to fulfill their need to have drugs, SP Roshan said, “The owner of the hostel in question will also be picked up for investigation.”
Not only that a few awareness meets have already been conducted in the past, but now it is time to take it up more aggressively among parents and teachers to curb such menace of taking to drugs at school levels, he added.