BOONI, Feb 1: Perhaps for the first time, an acute shortage of charas has hit the town of Booni but the charsi men are hopeful that it is a temporary crisis and would go away very soon.
They said the shortage was neither due to the recent announcement by the new district police officer (DPO) to go after the drug peddlers nor had any link to the closure of the roads.
However, social circles here appreciated the decision of the new DPO and said due to his bold step the noose around the drug peddlers had been tightened, leading to the shortage of charas and other drugs in upper Chitral. These charsi men, however, seemed perturbed over the shortage as they needed it the most in the cold weather.
An interaction with some of the known and senior charsis of Booni showed that the shortage had sent the prices skyrocketing.
A few days ago, they said charas was available in Booni for Rs.1,200 per tola but now it is not available even for Rs.2,000 per tola. Some of the senior charsis told ChitralToday that the smugglers had deliberately created an artificial shortage of charas to pocket more money.–S.N. Peerzada