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Wednesday May 01, 2013 03:01:14 PM, Ather Shazan,

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Mumbai: Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Shamsher Khan Pathan - who while in uniform carried out several drug busts and arrested toughened criminals, on Wednesday joined hands with the youth-force and pledged for a drug-free Maharashtra.


At a function held at the Cement Ground, near Antop Hill police station, Wadala, which coincided with anniversary day of the political party Awami Vikas Party (AVP) he had launched a year back, hundreds of youth joined hands with him and took the vow pledging to eradicate the menace of drugs from Mumbai and Maharashtra.

Pathan retired in 2012 and later formed the Avami Vikas Party. He said that he had spoken to various NGOs and rehabilitation centres, hospitals, which would be providing concessional treatments.

Youths would also be performing street plays at various places in the city.


Pathan said that Home Minister R R Patil, who is largely credited with closure of dance bars and continuous crackdown on gambling dens and illicit liquor joints, should take a tough stance and order police swoop on drug peddlers and couriers.

"Youths are the future of India.....we depend on them, but we have to take this menace of drugs out from the society," Pathan, the AVP President, said amidst thunderous applause.

"We would be working at various levels, right from society, slums, colleges and take it up as a mission," AVP general secretary Salim Alware said.

He also said that Dalits, Muslims, OBCs and downtrodden people should come under one umbrella to fight out the injustice meted to them by the ruling alliance.

Speaking about AVP, he said that though his party was not in power in any way and just one year old, they were instrumental in taking up issues of the ignored classes which include appointment of office bearers of Maulana Azad Financial Corporation.









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