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CM Badal orders probe into ‘false’ drug cases

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, July 05, 2014
First Published: 13:25 IST(5/7/2014) | Last Updated: 13:29 IST(5/7/2014)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday ordered probe into allegations by some inmates in the Amritsar Central that ‘false’ drug cases have been registered against them by the police.

The chief minister gave the order in this regard after his visit to the drug de-addiction centre of the central jail. During interaction with the CM, some of the patients at the de-addiction centre claimed that they had been booked in false NDPS cases after the cops planted ‘intoxicating’ powder on them.

“We don’t know how we have been booked. We want justice,” said some half-a-dozen patients at the centre while narrating their woes before Badal.

After listening to such complaints, the chief minister immediately asked Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh and IG (border range) Ishwar Chander to investigate the claims of these patients and submit a report.

The police officials noted down the names of all those persons who alleged that they have been ‘implicated’ into cases under the NDPS Act.

Under the ongoing drive against drug menace, the Punjab Police have registered numerous cases and also made many arrests. Allegations of ‘false’ cases have been regularly pouring eversince the drive was launched.

On Thursday only, a woman in Mahal village had alleged that the Amritsar (rural) police had registered a false case under the NDPS ACT against her son Sanjeev Kumar. The woman had alleged that her son was picked up from her house on June 2 and nothing was recovered during search. But later police registered a case against Sanjeev and claimed that 60 gram intoxicating powder was recovered from him during police patrolling.

Reacting to the complaint, the IG Border Range Ishwar Chander had formed a three member special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the matter and submit its report in three days,
The chief minister, while talking to inmates at the deaddiction centre inside the jail assured them of total support to get them de-addicted. There are 293 patients in the drug deaddiction centre of the jail.

The CM also said that all upcoming jails in the state will have drug-de-addiction centres so that the inmates could be provided the facility of de-addiction treatment.

He also directed the jail authorities to improve diet for the inmates of the centre following complaints in this regard.

Meanwhile, the chief minister also disclosed that the state government is contemplating on enacting a law to curtail the sentence of those inmates who have given up addiction in jail.

This will boost the morale of those patients who have renounced drugs, he added.

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