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September 1, 2013 | By

Dal Khalsa joins issue with Union Minister Azad on drug menace

Amritsar, Punjab (September 01, 2013): The Dal Khalsa has reportedly joined the issue with union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad that after waging a war against India by supplying guns to Sikh militants, Pakistan was now trying to destabilize Punjab through drugs.

Dal Khalsa activists Dr Manjinder Singh, Kanwarpal Singh and Sarbjit Singh addressing the media persons (File Photo)

Dal Khalsa leaders Dr Manjinder Singh (R), Kanwarpal Singh (C) and Sarbjit Singh (L) addressing the media persons (File Photo)

The organization is of the view that just by passing the buck to the unfriendly neighbourer, the Indian leadership can’t escape its failure in ensuring strict observance of anti-drug abuse and trafficking laws, keeping the vigil at international as well as borders of all neighboring states of Punjab.

Pertinently, Azad, during his visit to Amritsar said, “Pakistan first used AK-47 to disturb peace in Punjab and J&K and now it was using drugs to spoil these two states”.

The party’s general secretary Dr Manjinder Singh, joint secretary Sarbjit Singh Ghuman and spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said there’s no denying a fact that a large section of society has been enticed by opium, heroin, smack, liquor, poppy husk, injections and capsules. Tobacco and tobacco-related products are affecting a majority of people.

They blamed Indian security establishment for their failure to check the drug related products entering Punjab not only from across the border with Pakistan but also with neighboring states. It is acknowledged fact that smuggling is not possible without the political patronage and connivance of border security forces. The leaders of the hardliner group believe that “at one level, it was a part of the Indian state’s design to engage the Punjabi youth in drugs as a weapon to check their political consciousness and to counter the fighting spirit in them”.

They said Azad has deliberately chosen to overlook the real fact that the younger generation was a victim of manufactured drugs. Smack from Rajasthan, UP, MP and Karnataka reaches Punjab through the complicity of the police, administration and politicians. They alleged that bogus pharmaceutical companies in Delhi and Gurgaon manufacture fake drugs and they are sold in bulk in Punjab without bill and prescription, in clear violation of the Drug and Cosmetic Act. They said as per survey conducted by GNDU, not more than 8 per cent of total addict use heroin and added that the majority of them are addicted by drugs that are locally manufactured and easily available through out Punjab.

To drive their point home, they mentioned the statement given by former DGP (Prisons) and ex-intelligence chief Shashi Kant in the Punjab and Haryana High Court about the alleged unholy nexus between country’s top politicians, policemen, businessmen and the drug mafia.

The leaders said as per the ‘World Drug Report’ released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Punjab has emerged transit point for Opium coming from Afghanistan. They said apart from the Punjab route, drugs reach India from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh through the southern and eastern states, the UN report said.

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