Attach properties of drug lords, register cases: Sukhbir to police

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 04, 2016 12:05 IST
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal (HT File Photo)

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday told Punjab Police to register cases against drug lords operating in the state and attach their properties.

He gave them a one-month deadline to break the supply chain of drug smugglers and put them behind bars.

Chairing a review meeting of SSPs of all districts, Sukhbir said it should be ensured that no cases are registered against innocent people and corruption is rooted out at the police station level.

He said that as part of a specialised campaign against drugs, people must be made aware at villages and at ward level in urban areas, and police officers from ADGPs to SPs should hold public meetings and exhort people to cooperate in eliminating the drug menace.

He asked police personnel to be diligent to put a stop to the cross-border infiltration of narcotics. Calling for spreading awareness about the helpline number 181, he said the names of those giving information about drugs should be kept secret and they be given a Rs 1-lakh cash prize.

Sukhbir told SSPs to form five-member police-public cooperation committees at village and city levels to create awareness and curb activities of anti-social elements. He also set the target of covering 3,000 villages in six months.

The deputy chief minister said officials stationed at one place for long should be immediately transferred and that black sheep in the police department be identified and action taken against them. He advocated the need for putting up nakas at night saying the vehicles used for surveillance at night must be equipped with the GPS facility. He emphasised on installing CCTV cameras at sensitive and vulnerable spots in cities to check crime.

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