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#UdtaPunjab revisited: 120 police aspirants fail in dope test
Almost a month after four youths were killed by overdose of performance enhancing drugs while appearing for Harayana police's recruitment drive, the neighbouring state of Punjab introduced a dope test for candidates aspiring to join the police force. And to their surprise, 120 candidates tested positive for drugs across the state.

All candidates from Bhatinda, Muktsar, Mansa, Faridkot, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana underwent a dope test on Wednesday. The screening was done for morphine, benzodiazepines, propoxyphene, amphetamine and cannabis.

Aspirants who tested positive were asked to provide another sample, and if the second sample also tested positive, they were barred from the recruitment. Such candidates were also sent to local civil hospital or Guru Gobind Medical College, Faridkot and advised to undergo a complete course on detoxification.

Bhatinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Swapan Sharma said, "Any candidate testing positive will be asked to produce the prescription list. If he/she claims that they may have tested positive due to consuming a certain medicine, the prescription slip will be sent to Faridkot medical college to verify their claims."

"It is for the first time that drug test is being conducted during the recruitment drive in Punjab. With this, we can ensure that drug-free youths are recruited in police force," he added further.

Nineteen candidates tested positive for amphetamine in Muktsar, 18 in Mansa were found using morphine, amphetamine, benzodiazepine and cannabis. Eleven and nine candidates tested positive in Faridkot and Amritsar respectively.

In Ludhiana, 4 people tested positive. In Jalandhar commissionerate 400 candidates were called for the physical test, out of which only 327 turned up and 18 of them tested positive for drugs. Fifteen cases were detected in Jalandhar rural and another 11 cases were reported from Kapurthala. 

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