In a groundbreaking initiative, thousands of youth, led by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, participated in India's largest cycle rally organized by the Punjab Police to eradicate the drug menace and promote awareness. The massive rally, witnessed by over 25,000 participants from various backgrounds, aimed to send a resounding message of making Punjab a drug-free state.
This historic event reflects the commitment of the Punjab Police and the state government to address critical societal issues, particularly the challenge of drug abuse. Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann emphasized that the primary focus of the rally is to effectively combat drug abuse and encourage cycling as a healthy and sustainable way of life.
Flagging off the rally, Mann stated that the event holds profound significance as it coincides with the commemoration of the martyrdom day of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, India's youngest revolutionary, who sacrificed his life at the age of 19. November 16 serves as a poignant reminder of Sarabha's martyrdom, adding historical significance to the rally.
Mann highlighted that this rally stands as India's largest cycling event with the noble cause of raising awareness among the youth against the menace of drugs. During the rally, cyclists traversed five different sacred locations associated with the sacrifices of martyrs such as Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev, Shaheed Rajguru, Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, and Shaheed Udham Singh.
In a symbolic gesture, cyclists brought sacred soil from these locations, which will be used to plant saplings named as trees of harmony, promise, wisdom, unity, and hope, respectively. Mann emphasized that this gesture enhances the depth and purpose of the event, aimed at restoring the pristine glory of the state.
"Youth against Drugs" is not just a cycle rally but a collective effort to combat drug abuse, promote a healthier lifestyle, and commemorate the sacrifice of revolutionary heroes, Mann asserted. The initiative stands as a remarkable endeavor to address societal issues while advocating for a healthy lifestyle.