Joining the 'war of words' over the CBI probe into the alleged international drug racket, former deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh said, on Tuesday, that the role of all government agencies including the Border Security Force (BSF), Punjab police, anti-narcotic cell and even the army needed to be probed as, without their connivance or negligence, the drug trade of such enormous magnitude could not flourish.
Talking to mediapersons, he said that those opposing a probe by the central investigation agency should tell as to who would expose the real villain behind the entire practice.
He regretted that the demand for a CBI probe into the nearly Rs 6,000-crore drug racket was caught up in the hullabaloo of internal squabbles of Punjab Congress.
The unsolicited batting by former chief minister over the CBI probe to expose the nexus of drug racketeers, sounded preposterous, he added.
He said that Punjab police had done reasonably a good job by arresting druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola and his accomplices, but, at the same time, without its connivance, the drug trade could not have taken such deep roots in the state.
"More than 6,000 people are certainly directly or indirectly involved in facilitating the drug trade in Punjab, having far reaching implications for the future of the youth in Punjab. How could this notorious trade flourish in Punjab to such an enormous scale?," he questioned.
"It is unbelievable that the drug mafia operated without the connivance of Punjab Police and without the protective umbrella of political patronage, ", he added.
If not the CBI, then there should be a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge, he said.
"A thorough investigation becomes all the more necessary in the wake of the allegations being levelled by two major political parties against each other," he added.