KOZHIKODE: The ‘War on Drugs’ campaign of the city police entered its second phase on Sunday with the cleaning of the ‘dark’ areas of the city notorious for the exchange of drugs. Students and teachers of Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Payyanakkal, cleaned the walls of the bus stand and painted them with new pictures. The merchants also helped them on the bus stand and porters who work here. The police served food for more than 100 volunteers who supported the move from morning to evening.
Kasaba CI Pramod P., who guided the campaign said they might need another three more Sundays to finish the work and they are planning to announce the campaign on the conclusion day. “The help from the Payyanakkal Government Vocational Higher Secondary School was immense, as the teachers and students not only cleaned the walls but painted beautiful pictures on them, converting the dark space into a joyful area,” said Mr Pramod.
This cleaning drive is also significant as Kozhikode is the host city for the state conference of Kerala Police Officers Association from July 26 to 29. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the conference. The mofussil bus stand is one of the main centres where the delegates arrive. The campaign had earlier cleaned the Palayam bus stand and painted the walls in and around the stand by police and volunteers, on a mission to convert the notorious dark spaces of the city into better places.