Punjab seeks neighbours’ help in fight against drugs

As part of his government’s efforts to curb the drug menace in Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has sought the cooperation of the neighbouring States to control the cultivation and smuggling of narcotics.

Captain Singh has written letters to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, to whom the Delhi Police reports, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje drawing their attention to the problem.

Joint crackdown

He has requested each of the States to advise their enforcement agencies, including the police, to coordinate with the Punjab Police and make joint efforts to curb the drug menace.

He also requested the Chief Ministers to impress upon the Central government the need for a national policy on prevention and control of drug abuse in the country.

Peddlers hiding

Captain Singh, in his letter to Mr. Rajnath Singh, pointed out that as per information, drug peddlers and smugglers had disappeared from Punjab and were hiding in the neighbouring States.

“Apart from smuggling from across the international border, there are reports about smuggling of drugs to Punjab through the neighbouring States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi,” he said.

Captain Singh urged the Home Minister to advise the Delhi Police to work in close coordination with the police of the neighbouring States to wipe out the drug menace in the region.

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