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Kolkata: THE authorities of five educational institutes in Kolkata, whose students are believed to be addicts of lethal narcotics, today held a meeting with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).

Both management and teachers of the five institutes went to the NCB eastern zone office at New Town and discussed the matter with NCB director Dilip Srivastava and others in a closed-door meeting.

They were from the St Thomas’ College of Engineering & Technology at Khidderpore, Birla Institute of Technology at Sinthi, University of Engineering & Management (UEM) at New Town, Rani Birla Girls’ College at Shakespeare Sarani, and IIHM at Salt Lake.

The meeting was convened by NCB after the arrest of a drug racket on 10 and 11 December revealed that a section of students from these colleges has been buying lethal narcotics like LSD, MDMA, and charas. [READ: Son of Calcutta University staff held in narcotics racket that targeted students]

Those teachers who attended the meeting said that they had no clue to the fact that their students have been doing drugs.

“We never got a wind of this before. Else, our disciplinary committee would have dealt with this firmly. We will cooperate fully with NCB and police to cleanse our campus of such dangerous addiction,” one of them said.

Srivastava told reporters that they have discussed ways to identify the addicted students and also raise awareness against narcotics. “The prime task now is to identify all the addicted students and counsel them back to the mainstream.”