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Ex- DGP condemns political parties for ignoring drug menace in Punjab

punjab Updated: Nov 18, 2016 18:56 IST
HT Correspondent
Shashi Kant

Former director general of police (left) Shashi Kant addressing the media in Jalandhar on Thursday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT)

Accusing the political parties of giving tickets to people who are facing allegations of being involved in drug-racket, former director general of police (DGP jails) Shashi Kant has condemned the move and claimed that the parties are not serious about the state. 

Kant was in Jalandhar on Thursday to appear in the local court regarding a defamation case filed against him by BJP leader Jimmy Kalia as the former had alleged that he was involved in drug business. All major parties including Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Congress, BJP, and AAP are playing politics on Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) row but no one is talking about the drug problem, alleged Kant.

Presently currency of Rs 500-1,000 is being distributed among people in field and drugs will be used later, he alleged.

He also sought a ‘surgical strike’ by the union government over the problem of drugs in the state.

He claimed that this time the elections will witness highest level of violence in Punjab’s history.

“As there will not be enough money this time, so gangsters will be tasked to make people vote forcefully,” said Kant. 

Over SYL issue, he told Punjab waters going to other states, should be stopped immediately.

“I will approach chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal in this regard.” said Kant. 

The former police chief also claimed cops are reeling under political pressure and are not able to perform independently.