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Patiala drug racket: Amritsar rural Cong seeks CBI inquiry

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, November 15, 2013
First Published: 23:38 IST(15/11/2013) | Last Updated: 23:39 IST(15/11/2013)

The rural unit of the Amritsar District Congress Committee (DCC) has demanded a CBI probe into the Patiala drug racket to unearth the 'hidden facts.'

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The demand was made by DCC chief and former MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala during a press conference on Friday. 

The press meet was held following the arrest of Maninder Singh, alias Bittu Aulakh, Amritsar rural unit treasurer, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Ajnala also sought an inquiry by the Election Commission of India (ECI) into 'drug money' used by some Akali leaders in the last Lok Sabha as well as the Assembly polls.

"The matter needs to be investigated as the state government may try to dilute the involvement of SAD leaders or of those who had links with senior Akali leaders," said Ajnala.

In this context, he pointed towards Bittu Aulakh's association with Rattan Singh Ajnala, MP, Khadoor Sahib, and his son Bony Ajnala, SAD MLA from the Ajnala Assembly constituency.

"The government may try to dilute the involvement of Bittu, as he is a member of the ruling party and close to Khadoor Sahib MP. All connections of drug racket kingpin, Jagdish Bhola, should be investigated by the CBI or by a sitting judge of the high court," said Ajnala.

The Congress leader, who lost the last Assembly polls to Bony, claimed that the 'drug money' was used to defeat him.

"Bittu was not only involved in the drug racket but was also leading sand mafia in the Ajnala belt. The ECI should also institute an inquiry as ill-gotten money was used by the father-son duo in the elections," he alleged.

Pointing towards a function held at Chameari village in October, where deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia were also present, Ajnala said, "Bittu Aulakh presented flowers to the deputy CM at the event."

"The people of Punjab demand an answer from chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy, both of whom have accused the Central government for failing to check narcotics smuggling through the borders, which are patrolled by the BSF. The drugs that Bhola and Bittu dealt in did not come from across the border, for which the BSF could not be blamed," added Ajnala.

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