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Congress demands arrest of akali MP Rattan Singh Ajnala and his MLA son for "supporting" drug smugglers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Moga, November 16, 2013
First Published: 21:38 IST(16/11/2013) | Last Updated: 21:39 IST(16/11/2013)

Lashing out at Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, senior Punjab Congress leaders said that both akali leaders had had no place to hide their faces after being caught on wrong foot in the synthetic drug racket exposed by Patiala police.

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The Congress leaders also demanded to hand over the investigation of drug racket to the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) so that drug traffickers operating from other countries can also be brought to book. They feared that Punjab Police officers might succumb to political pressures due to involvement of party high ups in the drug racket.

Issuing a statement at Moga on Saturday, Punjab Mahila Congress president Malti Thapar, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon,  MLA Joginder Singh, former minister Darshan Singh Brar and district Congress president Jagdarshan Kaur Dharmkot alleged that that both Sukhbir Badal and Majithia were responsible for spreading drug menace in Punjab. "The akali leaders have been making the youth of Punjab drug addicts for their vested interests. It was a heinous crime against the humanity and particularly the people deputy CM and Majithia had only one priority in life to make money at any cost even if it cost people their lives," Congress leaders added.

The Congress leaders demanded immediate arrest of senior akali leaders Rattan Singh Ajnala MP from Khadoor Sahib and his son Amarpal Singh Bonny MLA from Ajnala. "Both akali leaders were providing shelter and support to Youth Akali Dal leader Maninder Singh Aulakh, the key player in the synthetic drug racket run by international smuggler Jagdish Bhola. Ajnala family was the close confident of Badals and Aulakh is protégé of Majithia. The interrogation of Rattan Singh Ajnala and his son would expose the hidden characters of this racket," they said.

Senior Congress leaders said that the huge recovery of synthetic drugs made by the police was mind boggling and show how deep the roots of drug mafia were. They said that Congress party had raised the issue of drug mafia running in Punjab with the blessings of Sukhbir Singh Badal Bikram Singh Majithia.

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