The Punjab Congress has urged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to ban the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) stickers on vehicles, saying the practice was being used as a camouflage for drug trafficking within the state.
In a press statement, the Congress said YAD office-bearers and other Akali leaders had been using their vehicles having red beacons and gunmen as a shield to run the business of drug trafficking.
"This only shows that the YAD is nothing but a den of criminals, drug peddlers and mafia operating under a security cover," Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Congress spokesperson, said.
The former Congress MLA said the arrest of Bittu Aulakh, YAD general secretary, and his
accomplice that led to seizure of synthetic drugs worth crores of rupees is a testimony to the YAD leader misusing his political connections to run the drug racket.
The opposition party accused YAD chief and revenue minister Bikram Majithia of "blatantly shielding and patronising" many YAD leaders who are operating "as sand mining and cable network mafia in Punjab".
"All these grossly illegal, illegitimate and nefarious activities of YAD leaders indicate to a well-planned political-police-mafia nexus operating in the garb of Youth Akali Dal," the Congress said.
Urging the chief minister to intervene and reign in different types of mafia masquerading as YAD leaders, the Congress demanded that all security personnel provided to the YAD leaders be withdrawn immediately.