Former DGP-rank police officer Shashi Kant on Tuesday said the Akalis feared "exposure" on the drugs issue, dubbing this as the reason for the Shiromani Akali Dal's (SAD) U-turn against the BSF for the cross-border drug smuggling.
"Sukhbir Singh Badal and his father (Parkash Singh Badal) are trying to blame the central forces and the central government for the spread of drugs that have ruined the youth of Punjab. The Punjab police, responsible for bringing offenders to book have been under the Badals for almost two decades, but they have neither blamed nor arrested the BSF people or the central agencies for spreading drugs in Punjab," said Shashi Kant in a joint statement along with Sikh scholars Gurtej Singh and Dr Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon here.
They also pointed out the penetration of drugs in Punjab jails, further stating that the illegal trade in drugs was being patronised by the political leaders and police officials who should have prevented it.
Shashi Kant had been at loggerheads with former jails minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur during his tenure as DGP (prisons) following the riots that took place inside the Kapurthala central jail that exposed the presence of drug addicts and drugs inside the prison.