Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has slammed the Moga police for installing a defamatory board outside Daulewala, officially declaring the village as infamous for drug peddling.
"It is really very disturbing. The police cannot install any such board. The police should work on their intelligence to catch drug peddlers. I have told them to remove it (the board)," said Badal.
The Moga police had first raided Daulewala and then installed the board warning people to stay alert as the village was under "hidden camera surveillance".
Badal, who had been critical of the previous UPA government over the heavy supply of drugs in Punjab from across the international border, asked the NDA government to strengthen the Border Security Police (BSF) to stop illegal drug trafficking.
He said the need of the hour was to check the inflow of drugs from across the border. Badal added that the state government would soon urge the Centre to take immediate steps for enhancing vigil along the border.
The CM said the state government had recently constituted a special cell headed by an inspector general (IG)-rank officer to take necessary action against drug peddlers. He said the cell would also probe the alleged nexus between political leaders and officers/officials involved in this crime. Badal said the aim of constituting this special cell was to make Punjab a drug-free state, adding that every "big or small fish" involved in this nexus would be put behind bars.
Article 370: CM for amicable solution
Advocating an amicable solution to issues such as Article 370, the CM said the union government must take all political parties in confidence before taking any action on such matters.
He expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take a call on such issues only after due consultation with the entire political leadership of the country.
On the small victory margin of Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who defeated Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal, the CM said, "Bathinda got maximum development projects in Punjab. All the wishes of people were granted. Harsimrat made maximum tours to village to hold sangat darshan programmes. I do not know the reason, but we respect the people's mandate."
When asked about the probable SAD candidate for the Talwandi Sabo assembly byelection, he said, "The byelection is too far. We will finalise the candidate when the byelection draws near." The seat fell vacant after sitting Congress MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu switched over to the ruling SAD.
Meanwhile, Akali municipal councillors Surjit Singh and Balwinder Singh alleged harassment at a sangat darshan. They accused the police and some Akali leaders of not letting the common man reach the CM.