Punjab Congress chief spokesperson Sunil Jakhar highlighted that Punjab Police cops had the highest number in drugs smuggling, as per the data shared by Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in the parliament
Jalandhar: Former CLP leader and Punjab Congress chief spokesperson Sunil Jakharon Saturday brought to the fore a hard fact that Punjab Police cops outnumbered other staff on security duty at the Indo-Pak international border in drugs smuggling.
Jakhar highlighted a question asked by Rajya Sabha MP Ranjib Biswal to Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on May 4 that whether Punjab Police and the BSF personnel were found working in collusion with trans-border narcotics smuggling network.
The congress spokesperson said that to this query, Rijuju answered, “No organized collusion of Punjab Police or BSF personnel with the trans border narcotic smuggling network was noticed. However, instances of involvement of Punjab Police, jail department, Railway Protection Force, Punjab Home Guards, Chandigarh Police and the BSF noticed during the last two years and current year (upto March 31) in Punjab was there (data mentioned).”
In his reply, Rijuju mentioned that in the year 2014, as many as 25 cases were registered out of which 24 employees arrested were from Punjab Police, three each were from Jail Department and the BSF.
Similarly, in the year 2015, total 26 cases were registered, out of which 27 were from Punjab Police, one each from Home Guard, BSF, RPF and Chandigarh Police. Three arrested were from Jail Department.
In the year, 2016, total four cases were registered till date, out of which two arrested, were from Punjab Police and one each from Jail Department and Home Guard.
Jakhar said, “This proved that how the Punjab Police cops were involved in the drugs smuggling at the border while the Home Minister Punjab had turned a blind eye towards such a serious issue”, he added.
Deputy CM patronizing drug lords: Jakhar
Former CLP leader and Punjab Congress chief spokesperson Sunil Jakharon Saturday blamed OSD to Deputy Chief Minister Satinderjit Singh Manta and Youth Akali Dal (YAD) Malwa zone president Kanwarjit Singh Rozy Barkandi of reaching out to two gangs in Fazilka jail for a compromise in an old case involving drugs money.
Jakhar said that Manta and Barkandi met the two gang leaders namely liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda and one Neeraj Arora, after they indulged in a bloody fight in Fazilka jail. While one of the accused gang leader was shifted to Ferozepur jail recently, the other gang was at Fazilka jail.
Addressing a press conference, Jakhar said that both Manta and Barkandi assured the gangsters that their money issue would be sorted out, once they were out of the jail. “This clearly shows that Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the Home Minister was patronizing drug lords namely people like Manta and Barkandi. We demand a CBI probe in this case monitored by a sitting judge, as the nexus between the drug lords was out in the public”, he said.
To prove the allegations, the congress spokesperson also brought the recording of the conversation between Jail Superintendent Amrik Singh and a local journalist. “Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal should also take moral responsibility and conduct a CBI probe while Deputy CM should tender resignation, as the role of none other than the Home Minister has come to the fore”, he added.
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