Drug sharks run parallel govt, Rajasthan official writes to CM

  • Ramprakash Meel, Hindustan Times, Sri Ganganagar
  • Updated: Oct 22, 2014 22:00 IST

An excise official in Rajasthan has shot off a letter to the chief minister, requesting her to order a probe into illegal narcotics trade being run in collusion with local politicians in the district.

Excise inspector Girdhari Singh Kularia wrote the letter to chief minister Vasundhara Raje on October 21, four days after he was transferred to Bharatpur for allegedly trying to expose the poppy husk mafiosi running a “parallel government” in Sri Ganganagar, about 480 kilometres from Jaipur.

He alleged that the mafiosi-politician nexus has become so powerful that any officer who dared to expose it was punished with transfer.

Kularia was transferred to Bharatpur on October 17.

He said some permit holder poppy addicts complained to the excise department that poppy husk sellers in Sadulshahar and Suratgarh were giving them four times less husk than the permitted quota and thereby forcing them to buy the rest at higher prices.

Kularia alleged the mafiosi threatened him with dire consequences when he tried to find out the reality.

He soon approached the local leaders for help but in vain. However, he continued with the investigations and found the allegations to be true. However, instead of taking proper action on his report, commissioner Udaipur transferred him to Bharatpur, he alleged.

The nexus was also in focus when, during a Lok Sabha election rally, the BJP candidate from Barmer demanded from the chief minister Vasundhara Raje, from the dais, that she should do something about availability of poppy husk in his district.

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