Guwahati: In Juria, a village in Assam’s Nagaon district, around 126 km from the capital city of Guwahati, a Muslim person who died of drug addiction may not receive a proper burial ritual. To combat the growing drug addiction menace in the area, a mosque committee and villagers of Juria have decided not to join the burial of anyone in the community who died because of drug abuse.
Though many believed that the decision taken by the mosque, Udmari Balugutia Jame Masjid in Juria, was very significant in joining hands with the state government’s crackdown on the illegal drugs menace in the state, it landed in debate as a section of the community also believed it to be harsh.
However, for the Masjid committee, the decision was taken keeping the larger interest of the society. “Assam police have been seizing a lot of drugs across the state and trying to keep them away from our youths and we have also decided to join the cause. Only police action can’t clean the society if we don’t take responsibility too and join the fight,” said a member of the mosque committee.
He added that several cases of drug addiction were reported in the area last year.
After taking charge as the chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma asked Assam police to launch a crackdown upon illegal drug smuggling racket in the state. Following this, state police have seized drugs over Rs 550 crore since May last year.
During the period, over 3,000 cases have been registered under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and more than 5,000 drug peddlers were arrested.
Senior lawyer, Nekibur Zaman, however, said, “Even a dead person has the right to get a dignified burial and the mosque committee should have taken the decision in a more humane way.”