KOCHI: In a bid to save students from getting entangled in a nexus of crime and drugs, police have tightened vigil on shops and shopkeepers located near schools and colleges in the city. As part of the move, they issued notice to a shop located near B E M school after getting information that shopkeeper was encouraging students to indulge in illegal activities after bunking classes.
Kasaba circle inspector P Pramod said, “The shop had been under our surveillance for some time following a tip-off from the teachers of the school. They told us that some students were bunking classes and after ditching their uniforms are hanging out at malls or other isolated spots.” The officer said that the shopkeeper also allowed students to keep their mobile phones at the shop since they were not allowed to take it to the school. “We spot students in casual wears at movie theatres, bus stops, railways stations etc during school time. Drugs and alcohol are almost always a part of the mix. However, strict vigil will be maintained in this regard from this academic year which will begin in June,” he said.
The officer said that few shops in the city, especially those near to schools and colleges are under scanner. Police is also investigating the role of these shops in supplying drugs to school and college students. “We are also running background checks on shop owners and staffs employed here to see if they have a drug-related background or a police case,” Pramod said. Police will recommend city corporation to cancel the licence of those shops which encourage students to indulge in illegal activities.