Alleging that the drug network in the state is growing under political patronage, former director general of police (jails) Shahi Kant on Saturday revealed that he sent a list of 10 drug kingpins, including some renowned social personalities and politicians, to the home department during his tenure in the intelligence department, but consciously no action was taken on it.
“There is a strong nexus between drug peddlers, politicians and police officials due to which the drug network flourished to a large extent in the state,” the former DGP (jails), who has formed non-governmental organisation (NGO) Nasha Virodhi Morcha, told mediapersons.
“During my tenure as ADGP (intelligence), a detail investigation was done on the drug network and a list of 10 names, including some renowned social personalities and politicians of all major political parties of Congress, SAD and BJP, was sent to the then DGP NPS Aulakh, who was supposed to sent it to the home minister through proper channel, but consciously no action was taken on it,” he revealed.
Asked about those who were named in the list, Kant refused to divulge details, citing official secrecy. “Rather, if I take any particular name I will be liable for defamation, as the list is now buried in government files and will never be made public,” he hastened to add.
“I know that by revealing this I am putting my life in danger, but I am not scared and determined to act as a whistleblower against the drug mafia to save Punjabi youth,” he said.
Training his guns on the police department, Shashi Kant alleged nexus of police officials with drug mafia, as “without this drug network could not have strengthened, the way it had grown in the recent years”.
“Even in jails, there is free flow of drugs due to connivance of jail officials and as DGP (jails) I took strong action against some officials apart from submitting a detailed report regarding this to the Punjab and Haryana high court,” he said, revealing that he had made a list of about 185 jail officials of dubious character, but no action was taken against them.
Even for encroachment of the properties of non-resident Indians (NRIs), police officials, especially of the Doaba region, are working as property dealers for settlement of disputes in lieu of hefty amount, he alleged.
Elaborating on his mission against drug abuse, Kant said he would tour the entire state to make strong public opinion against drug addiction and open branch of his NGO in each village and city.