After the Captain Amarinder Singh government in its first cabinet meeting on Saturday paved the way for sweeping administrative reforms, the chief minister on Monday ordered a crackdown on the drug and sand mining mafia in the state.
In his first meeting with deputy commissioners and district police chiefs after taking over as CM, Amarinder set a deadline of four weeks for eliminating the drug mafia as promised in party’s poll manifesto. Mincing no words, Amarinder told top police bosses that they take the blame for any supply and sale of drugs in their jurisdiction. He said he was personally aware of complaints of corruption against field officers of various ranks, including DSPs and SHOs, in handling of drug cases in the past which is “non-pardonable”.
He said his government has a zero tolerance policy for drugs smugglers/suppliers/traders/ peddlers and complaints of nexus or corruption would not go unpunished.
Amarinder asked the top officers to lead from the front and go after the big fish among drug peddlers, gangsters and other criminals. Warning them against any laxity, he said the top officers of the district administration will be held directly accountable for any cases of corruption, illegal mining, bootlegging, illegal transport, registration of false cases, non-registration of FIRs, traffic violations and street crimes.
The CM also asked cops to prevent terror attacks, killings of sect leaders, sacrilege of holy books and trace previous cases such as the Maur bomb blast, the killings of leaders of the RSS and other organisations and sects in Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Khanna.
Already ordered by the previous government, Amarinder, too, asked the district chiefs to go for installation of CCTV cameras through community participation and engagement, and custody management of sacred religious books where no CCTV cameras are installed.