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Aam Aadmi Party raised ‘forced conversions’, drug issue during Fatehgarh Sahib Shaheedi Sabha

Forced conversions by Hindu fundamentalists, drug trade and summoning of Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia by the Enforcement Directorate were the main issues that dominated the first political conference of the Aam Aadmi Party at the Shaheedi Sabha at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Drug Racket Case: Enforcement Directorate set to summon Bikram Majithia

Chandigarh: Media reports say the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has a list of questions ready for Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who would be summoned “within a short period” in a case of money laundering, as part of an ongoing probe into the multi-crore drug racket case that has rocked Punjab and the SAD-BJP regime over the past few months, it is learnt.

Shashi Kant seeks compensation and rehabilitation for families of victims of drug abuse

[...] It indicates that ‘one in three college students are addicts, and up to 75 percent of the youth population has been exposed to drugs in one form or another. More than 60% school going children, sometimes as young as 13 having taken drugs at one point of time or the other’. Even Punjab government’s affidavit, of 2009, given to the Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court states that 67% rural households of Punjab have at least one addict in the family. A study of June 2011 and available on the net, pegs the drug addiction to more that 70%. [...]

On Drugs Abuse and Trafficking in Punjab, with Shashi Kant | Punjab in Drugs Glut

Punjab is in tight grip of drug abuse. According to various reports vast majority of present day youth in Punjab are in death clinches of drugs. Punjab government led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son, and his deputy in government, Sukhbir Badal has been attempting to undermine the issue. The results of recently held Lok Sabha polls pushed Punjab government to rethink about it’s position on drug issue.

Punjab government’s move against drug menace dying without any output

Pataila (August 15, 2014): The drug problem in Punjab is believed to have close political connections. Many of state ministers have been accused of involvement in drug trade. A former Punjab police cop and an international drug lord Jagidh Bhola openly named Bikram Majithia, a Punjab cabinet minister and close relative of ruling Badal family, as patron of drug trade in Majha region of Punjab. Sevens other politicians were named by former DGP (Prisons) Shashi Kant.

Synthetic drug racket: After Punjab politicians, senior cops under scanner

Drugs smuggling and trade in Punjab has grown as a major problem in Punjab. During last few days drugs abuse in Punjab spread like an epidemic. Many whistle-blowers, including former Punjab DGP (Prisons) Shahi Kant, have been claiming that the drug trade in Punjab has grown under the patronage, and participation of political-police nexus.

From India-wide drug policy, writes captain Amrinder Singh to Narendra Modi

Following the anti-drug campaign run by ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), former Punjab chief minister and Amritsar MP Amarinder Singh has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to formulate an India-level drug policy to tackle the menace across the country and Punjab in particular where the problem has "assumed alarming propositions".

Synthetic drug case: Former Jail minister’s son Dharamvir questioned by ED again

The difficulties for former Punjab Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur did not end with questioning his son Dharamvir Singh just once as Enforcement Directorate again quizzed him on Monday. He was questioned in the synthetic drug case for six hours.

Kiran Bedi’s new strategy: Offers help to Punjab state in fight against drug menace

After having all praise for Indian Prime Minister Narendera Modi, civil society activist and former top cop Kiran Bedi, in a strategic move, on Monday “volunteered” to help the Punjab government in its fight against the drug menace. According to her, the government of Punjab, her home state, must make use of her experience in tackling the issue of drugs and rehabilitating addicts.

Slamming Badals, Dal Khalsa says without political backing drug trade can’t flourish

Sikh body Dal Khalsa today expressed its doubts over the much-hyped campaign of frustrated Punjab government against drug menace. The organization also took a dig at pro and anti-proponents of separate SGPC in Haryana for befooling the community.

United Sikhs seek donations for Drug De-Addiction Program in Punjab

The state of Punjab is slowly being eradicated due to the on-going drug epidemic that is increasing day by day. Media reports suggest that Punjab is in crises mode and that at least 73% of the state’s youth between 16-35 is currently addicted to drugs, declared by Guru Nanak University, Punjab.

Synthetic Drugs case: Goraya Industrialist Chuni Lal Gaba in police net

The Patiala police have arrested Goraya-based businessman Chunni Lal Gaba in the synthetic drugs case, but with the alleged “excuse” illness, he was under treatment as duty Magistrate Gagandeep Singh Garg sent Gaba to judicial custody till July 5.

Sikh Youth of Punjab leaders addressing media

Sikh Youth of Punjab takes exception to Sukhbir Badal’s statement on drugs menace

Sikh Youth of Punjab (SYP) - the youth wing of Dal Khalsa - today took exception over the statement of Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal that no politician was patronizing the drug trafficking in Punjab.

Punjab: Ruling party’s Youth wing leader Bhola Haripuria’s associate arrested with “white powder”

After Bhola flew to United Kingdom (UK), Jalandhar (rural) police have claimed to have arrested Manjit Singh Billa, a close associate of Phillaur-based SAD leader Gurmail Singh Bhola, in an NDPS Act case for possessing 110 gm of white powder. Bhola was also questioned by police a few days ago but was released after several hours following political pressure, reported Times of India.

Suspected big fish in drugs and sand mafia, Badal Dal’s youth leader “Bhola” flies to UK, media report

After former DSP Jagdish Bhola, another Bhola is in news. This Bhola, a UK resident, is Senior Vice President of Youth Akali Dal. Big fish in the business of drug and sand mafia, Gurmail Singh Randhawa, famous as Bhola Haripuria, has reached England via Nepal but the police is still to know it.

Drug mafia list: OP Soni, Ajit Kohar lashes defamation cases against ex-DGP Shashi Kant

The former DGP (prisons) Shashi Kant seemed to be facing situation that has been encountered by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s India convener Arvind Kejriwal few days back, as an Amritsar court has summoned Shashi Kant on November 01, 2014 in a defamation case filed by a Congress MLA.

Aftershocks of LS results may add troubles to the relations of Punjab’s ruling allies

The astonishing performance by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab has left Punjab's ruling allies shocked, as if it was political earthquake for them. The AAP’s political emergence in Punjab has made the Badal-BJP combine to introspect.

Drugs racket: ED affixes Notice on the gate of former-jail minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur’s house

The trouble did not end with just resigning from the post of Punjab Jail Minister for Akali Dal Badal leader Sarwan Singh Phillaur as sleuths of Enforcement Directorate pasted copy of summon notice at the gate of his residence on Monday evening. The fresh trouble for the ex-minister is from the part of his son Damanvir Singh for his alleged involvement in multi-crore international drug racket.

Badal Dal leader’s son held in Moga for possessing heroin

Moga, Punjab (May 23, 2014): According to media reports the police have arrested a constable, son of a local leader of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), and his accomplice on the charge of possessing of heroin.

Son named in drugs trade, Punjab cabinet minister Swaran Singh Phillar resigns on “moral grounds”

Jalandhar, Punjab (May 22, 2014): Punjab Cabinet Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur reportedly resigned from his post on "moral grounds". Swaran Singh Phillaur submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, that has reportedly been accepted by Badal.

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