Pune: Members of the Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), along with Vyasan Mukta Maharashtra Samanvay Manch (VMMSM), will be organising a protest to make Maharashtra a drug-free and non-alcoholic state. The protest will start from December 17 in Nagpur at Vinoba Vichar Center.
While addressing a press conference in Shaniwar Peth on Saturday, memebers of MANS and VMMSM said that the protest will aim at making religious places non-alcoholic zones and will create awareness about damages done by cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol and other narcotic drugs. Avinash Patil, member of MANS, said that alcohol and drugs are killing people and harming the society and, hence, people should fight against this menace.
Vasudha Sardar of VMMSM highlighted that if the State is made a non-alcoholic state, crime against women would reduce. “Alcohol damages your senses and so you are unaware of what you are doing. The government is more bothered about cow killing and different fatwas but should also worry about the menace of drug abuse and alcohol,” added Sardar.
Former chief of Crime Investigation Department (CID) Ashok Dhiware highlighted the recent example of an alcohol addicted youth killing his parents in Vishrambaug. “Use of alcohol is bound to cause damages,” added Dhiware. Patil said that they have approached Baramati MP Supriya Sule, former chief minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan and few others to be a part of the protest.