Indore : Even as crackdown on goons continued on Tuesday too, the city police said that they would now launch a drive against drug peddlers and bootleggers also shortly.

“Police have gathered information about the accused involved in narcotics and drug peddling and bootlegging in different parts of the city and soon launch a drive against them,” SP East OP Tripathi told Free Press.

The drive will be launched in all police stations in eastern and western parts of the city as during the recent crackdown it was found that most of the criminals are addicted to drugs, liquor and narcotic substances including ganja, charas and poppy husk.

Meanwhile, the city police on Tuesday continued its operation against goons and arrested eight habitual criminals from Chandan Nagar area and paraded them in public even as their families cried foul. After the hype created in the name of drive against goons by the city police, the drive is limited to a few police stations.

On Tuesday, the police launched a search operation in crime-prone Chandan Nagar area and caught 8 goons. “Police arrested goons including Sachin Kirar and Hemant Namdev and recovered country- made pistols from them” police station in-charge Yogesh Singh Tomar claimed.

Two criminals involved in chain-snatching– Ramesh and Ritesh with 10 and 8 cases respectively were also nabbed during the crackdown, he added. Goons Manak Rathaur and Ashish were held when they were roaming with long knives with intention to commit crime.

Habitual offenders Malkhan and Rajesh Singh were also nabbed during the drive.After their arrest, the police paraded the goons on roads while taking them to the police station.

Though the family and relatives of the accused made hue and cry alleging that police are unnecessarily harassing them in the name of Goonda Abhiyan, the police maintained that the drive was launched against habitual offenders.

It’s noteworthy that during last few days the anti-goon drive was launched in various police stations in daytime and after the criminals were caught, the police thrashed them with batons to the extent that their batons were broken.

In another incident, a youth identified as Irshaad arrested under Section 151 of CrPC from Khajrana area last week and a depressed Irshaad had jumped from the first floor of the Collector office building after an SDM court ordered to send him to judicial custody.

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