Cop runs for drug abuse awareness


Chennai:¬†Special sub-inspector M‚ÄąSamidoss, 58, of the special investigation team of crime branch CID, has begun a grueling 450-km run from Chennai to Coimbatore to spread awareness against drug abuse.
At his age, mo¬≠st cops could be planning on how to make retirement years comfortable but with just a few months to go be¬≠fore retirement, Sami¬≠do¬≠ss has embarked on this ‚Äėmi¬≠ssion against drug ab¬≠use‚Äô.
‚ÄúI have been very worried about the youth taking to drugs. We have been comi¬≠ng across such cases in the department and besides, th¬≠ere have been many sca¬≠ry media reports on ruined ad¬≠dicts. That‚Äôs why I have ta¬≠ken up this run to spread aw¬≠areness against drug ab¬≠use‚ÄĚ, said Samidoss, exp¬≠l¬≠a¬≠ining his ‚Äėmission‚Äô that wo¬≠uld keep him on the highway for about a month, distributing pamphlets on the evils of drug addiction.
Asked how he managed to keep fit even at this age, he quipped, ‚ÄúI run 5-10 km da¬≠ily and on Sundays it would be 22 km. It‚Äôs become a ha¬≠bit, a very healthy one‚ÄĚ, said the cheerful cop at his Kattankulathur ‚Äėcamp‚Äô Fri¬≠day night.
‚ÄúSamidoss has won many medals even in international police events. He is a role model as our youth can see how healthy he is even at this age‚ÄĚ, said Prateep V. Ph¬≠ilip, ADGP, crimes, who was present when the ‚Äėrun‚Äô was flagged off by DGP Na¬≠rendrapal Singh of CB-CID at Chennai on Wednesday.
Two police jeeps are following the ‚Äėcop on the run‚Äô through Tindivanam, Villupuram and Salem before the ‚Äėreception‚Äô at the police grounds in Coimbatore.¬†Samidoss had joined the police force in 1982 and had been with the SIT since the Coimbatore serial blasts (1998). He lives in Coimbatore with family.

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