Accusing Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders of harbouring drug trade in Punjab, former chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Captain Amarinder Singh has urged the youth to "defeat the forces patronising the drug trade and trafficking in the state".
"Youth must join the fight against drugs. The first step towards this will be to defeat the forces which are patronising the drug trade and trafficking in the state", he said while addressing an election meeting at Sultanwind in Amritsar South assembly segment last evening, organised by local Congress leader Harjinder Singh Thekedar.
"The Akalis are now seeking to legalise the drug trade as they want to make money out of people's funerals", Amarinder said and added that it is high time that the people of the state got rid of those forces who are trading in drugs and spreading this scourge.
Meanwhile, the Congress candidate claimed that various girl students met him on Tuesday and urged him to look into the issue of their safety and security in the city.
In a statement issued here, Amarinder claimed, "Girl students told me that they were feeling very unsafe and insecure in Amritsar, especially after an assistant sub inspector (ASI) of police was shot dead by a youth Akali leader as he (ASI) tried to save the honour of his daughter".
During the interaction with girl students, Amarinder asked them to spell out the issues that concerned them the most. While the concern for getting the right kind of jobs after their studies was top on their mind, they also voiced their grave concern over their safety and security in the city, he said.
The Congress leader claimed that one of the girls told him that after the ASI was shot dead by the Akali leader, their parents were feeling scared.
Amarinder told the students that he understood and appreciated their safety and security concerns and assured them that he would take up these issues in the Lok Sabha, as the representative of the Amritsar constituency.