Top police officials, including senior superintendents of police and superintendents of police, posted in the districts are under the scanner of the Punjab government for their alleged role in supporting drug trade by giving shelter to drug traders and acting as important links in the supply chain. The government will soon initiate action against them.
It was disclosed that a statelevel narcotics control board would become functional soon, which would be headed by IG-rank officer Ishwar Singh. The officer heading the state’s narcotics control board would have overriding powers of raiding premises, ar resting drug peddlers and also to choose his investigating team.
Though the names of the SSPs and SPs under the scanner were not disclosed, deputy CM Sukhbir Badal told HT on Thursday that active role of senior police officers, including SSPs and SPs, had come to light and the government would soon act against them. “We are in the process of procuring evidence against these police officials, which would immediately lead to action against them,” he added, clarifying that these officers would be dismissed from the service once the government got sufficient evidence against them.
During the three-day parliamentary polls results review meeting, which concluded on Thursday, the government’s inability to control the drug trade also came as a major issue for the party debacle in the polls. There was feedback that in case the drug issue was not checked it would harm the party prospects in the 2017 assembly polls.
“I have got feedback from my party men that the issue affected our party’s prospects,” added Sukhbir. He also directed his party men not to approach the gover nment, police or anyone at the party level to shield drug peddlers.
The government has already suspended DSP Dinesh Singh posted at Baba Bakala for his alleged role in supporting the supply chain of heroin. Besides, the government has dismissed other police personnel.
The government in the past has dismissed Patiala zone ASI Balkar Singh and ASI Piara Singh and ASI Satnam Singh from Bathinda zone. From border zone, inspector Naurang Singh, sub-inspector Kulwant Singh, ASIs Savinder Singh, Gulshan Bir Singh, Baljit Singh, and Punjab Singh, and head constables Gurpreet Singh, Jagjit Singh, Lakh winder Singh, Amandeep Singh and Karam Singh were dismissed. From Amirtsar commissionerate, ASI Gurpreet Singh and head constable Avtar Singh were dismissed.
While in Jalandhar commissionerate, subinspector Gurvinder Singh was dismissed.