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For Rs 500, get drugs at de-addiction centre in Haryana’s Fatehabad within minutes

Fatehabad : “Give me Rs 500 and we will fetch you heroin within minutes,” claimed one of the 18 patients in the government-run de-addiction centre at the Fatehabad Civil Hospital.
As I looked askance, one of them, a 26-year-old from Ratta Khera village, rattled off: “Drug peddlers are ready to deliver chitta (heroin) right at the patient’s bedside. Most inmates collect a used syringe lying in abundance near the main entry, visit Peer Ki Mazaar located at the rear of the building and inject the drug.”
Other inmates — Rajesh Kumar (25), Suresh (21) and Satish (25) from Jodhkan village of Sirsa (all names have been changed) — nodded in acquiescence. To verify the claim, I walked back to the entrance door. Sure enough, there were a number of used syringes, intravenous fluid bottles and other biomedical waste lying in open boxes.
I decided to ask inmate Satish to fetch me heroin at the centre itself. I gave him a Rs 500 note which he furtively hid in his shirt’s pocket. “Wait for 10 minutes. The peddlers will deliver the stuff from across the hospital boundary wall,” he said in a hushed tone. After a call on his cellphone, he asked me to accompany him.
Just then, Suresh gestured me towards his bed. He looked suspicious. Accusing me of having filmed him and other addicts, he charged towards me menacingly. I resisted, but egged on by three more inmates, he rained blows on me.
An elderly Sikh gentleman accompanying an addict came to my aid. The nearby police post too was informed and an ASI arrived there just in time. As we were about to leave, Satish returned with a consignment in a black polythene bag.

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