The Uttarakhand High Court on 25 October 2016 ordered a complete ban on the sale of whitener in the state. The decision came following the death of a teenager (14-year-old) in Bhowali town of Nainital district after he sniffed an excess of whitener for a kick. The single bench of Justice Rajeev Sharma directed the state government to put a complete ban on its sale. Besides, the court also ordered thatitems such as Iodex and Feviquick should not be sold to children below 18 years of age in view of prevalent abuse of these among teenagers. The court said, it must also be ensured that no minor gets entry into hookah clubs.
Earlier in October 2016, while rejecting the bail plea of an alleged drug peddler, the court had directed the Principal Secretary of the state to constitute a special task force to combat drug abuse.
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