Local congress MLA Rana Gurjit Singh on Friday lambasted at the state government for promoting drug trade in the state by booking false cases under NDPS act and advocated the provision of drug detection and identification field test kits at all the district headquarters.
Singh was addressing the Congress workers during a dharna staged outside Sadar Police Station here on Friday. The workers were protesting against the false cases booked by Sadar SHO Sukha Singh under NDPS act to settle political scores under pressure.
"Sukhbir is claiming to bring transparency in the administration and spending huge for the purpose. They should provide Drug Detection and Identification Field Test Kits at all the district headquarters which are capable for detecting different types of drugs on the spot. It will help in bringing transparency in the policing. Even thieves arrested by police are being booked under NDPS act falsely by the police," Rana said.
"People are being falsely booked to settle political scores by police on behest of ruling party leaders just to increase the number of cases registered in the state without conducting any inquiry in to the matter. When novice enters the prison, spend lives with drug-dealers in prisons they turned slowly into professional smugglers," Rana said.
Referring to the disclosures by former DGP prisons Shashi Kant on the politics-druggists nexus in the state, Rana Gurjit said, "The drug-trade is on increase in state and it is going unchecked and in shady ways. If the state government is serious truly about the drug-menace, the transparency should be brought in functioning of police especially while booking persons under NDPS act."
He also advocated the involvement of an NGO as the witnesses to arrest so that no person should be booked in state vindictively.
The dharna, which were put at around 10.30am continued for nearly three hours and was also addressed by district president of Congress Harjit Singh Parmar besides others. Due to dharna, the Sultanpur Lodhi road remained blocked for traffic and people were seen finding alternative ways to reach their destinations.
Dharna was later lifted after Kapurthala SSP Inderbir Singh assured to inquire into complaints of such false cases under his jurisdiction.