With the drug trafficking issue having become a major embarrassment for the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the state and considered one of the main reasons behind the poor performance of the alliance in the parliamentary elections, the police seem to have now swung into action.
A constable Satnam Singh, posted in the civil lines Moga, has been dismissed from service after some banned substance was seized from his possession.
The constable is a resident of Duneke village of the district and the son of an Akali leader. The police administration reportedly has been directed to act tough against drug peddlers and asked not to spare even the policemen allegedly involved in drug smuggling.
Meanwhile, as many as 119 accused have been arrested in as many as 116 cases registered under the NDPS Act under the Bathinda zone and seized 3.75kg opium, 377-kg poppy husk, 122-gm smack, 267-gm heroin and two kg intoxicant powder from the accused in three days from May 20 to May 22.
The zone comprises seven districts of Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Fazilka and Moga. The high prevalence of drugs in the region is also reflected from the seizures made by the police this year so far.
During the year, a total of 1,148 people have been arrested by the police in seven districts under the zone and seized 61-kg heroin, 132-kg opium, 11,426-kg poppy husk, 2 kg marijuana, 2.5-kg smack and 51,251 intoxicant capsules and 87 injections.
Inspector general of police (IGP), Bathinda zone, Paramraj Singh Umranangal said that the police have identified the drug trafficking and addiction pattern in the zone that indicates that the belt from Bhagta village in Bathinda to Baghapurana in Moga district, Abohar, Fazilka Dhar mkot and Feroze pur is affected by the menace of drug trafficking.
“In the districts of Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar, the addiction and trafficking is mainly related to poppy husk and opium,” he said.
He said that with emphasis on breaking the whole chain of drug trafficking in the region, the police will hold meetings with the residents of the affected villages and draw up strategies for nabbing the main drug suppliers.
The emphasis will also be on bringing neo-addicts out of the habit and the police administration with the help of civil administration is planning to set up special de-addiction centres for this purpose.