Thursday 26 June 2008

Illusion stunt on the street against drug abuse and tobacco menace

An ill-fated drug addict floats at the brim of a burning cigarette


Pledge on the magic stage: Minister of Home and Tourism, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan (second from right) reading out an anti-narcotic pledge. M.L.A. V. Sivankutty (right), Inspector General of Police, Arunkumar Sinha (second from left), City Police Commissioner, Ravada Chandrashekhar and Gopinath Muthukad are also seen.

Thiruvananthapuram: A drug-addict youth brought to the stage carried on the shoulders of his aides, was suspended at the tip of a burning cigarette, in public view. That marked an amazing as well as dramatic beginning to Gopinath Muthukad's public show of his latest illusion against drug abuse and tobacco use on the International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, yesterday.

Hundreds of people - majority of who were residents of Karimadom colony could find still more scenes of amazement, on a makeshift stage setup at one corner of the busy East Fort. They could not believe their eyes when, the cigarette pierced the youth's dorsal first and protuberated upward, piercing his stomach. Hanging from all over his body were syringes and sachets of tobacco products. The ill-fated man remained suspended in the air, reminding the spectators of an important message: not to allow drugs to have a place in their lives. Quite fittingly, in witness of this grave magical scene, the Minister of Home and Tourism, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan read out a pledge for the people to take.


Imbibing a message: People of all ages throng at the magic venue with equal enthusiasm.

Mr. Muthukad's public performance of this latest illusion was organized by the City Police as part of its Community Policing programme. Earlier Mr. Balakrishnan inaugurated the programme that was presided over by M.L.A., V. Sivankutty. Inspector General of Police, Arunkumar Sinha, City Police Commissioner, Ravada Chandrashekhar and Assistant Commissioner, Sasikumar spoke on the occasion. The residents of Karimadom colony came to the venue, leading a procession.

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