Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to the Government of India, urging it to take up the issue of extradition of 10 NRI Proclaimed Offenders in various drugs cases with the authorities in Canada, where they have taken refuge. In separate letters to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Chief Minister has said the extradition process had been pending in these cases for the past 3-4 years, thus scuttling the state government’s efforts to bring the accused to justice.
“The Congress government in Punjab had already scaled up its efforts for their extradition from Canada, as part of its war on drugs, but was obstructed as these cases were still pending at various levels”, he said. According to an official spokesperson, the government had decided to aggressively pursue the extradition of these suspects as their custodial interrogation was vital to establish the entire chain of the drugs network in Punjab and to expose those allegedly patronizing the trade.
Listing out details of these cases, the Chief Minister said Sarabjit Singh Sandhar alias Nik resident of Village Balioun, now living in Vancouver, had been declared a PO on October 19, 2013. His extradition request had been sent to the Canadian authorities through proper channels and was thereafter prepared afresh as per guidelines shared by them. The revised request has been sent to MHA, which forwarded the same to MEA on July 20, 2017.
The same is the status in another similar case, involving Ranjit Singh Aujla resident of Village Muthada Kalan, Police Station Philaur, District Jalandhar, where the extradition request is pending since July 25, 2017. He was declared PO on August 31, 2013.Nirankar Singh Dhillon R/o Village Apra Mandi, Gursewak Singh Dhillon R/o Leela Megh Singh, Amarjit Singh Kooner R/o Village Mehmadpur, Lamer Singh Daleh R/o Village Mehsampur , Pardeep Singh Dhaliwal R/o Leela Megh Singh, Amarinder Singh Chheena R/o Village Jhanjoti and Parminder Singh Deo R/o Village Kharoudi District Hoshiarpur are also declared as POs.
On the other hand a woman Ranjit Kaur Kahlon R/o Village JhanduSingha, Jalandhar is also declared a PO.
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