Following a call given by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), members of the District Congress Committee (DCC) on Monday staged a dharna before the deputy commissioner’s office here on Monday against the “involvement of the ruling party leaders in drug-trafficking”.
Addressing the protesters, DCC president and Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who led the protest, demanded a “judicial probe” by a sitting high court judge into the drug menace in the state and the involvement of politicians and Punjab police personnel so that the real culprits could be brought to the book.
Commenting on the dharna being staged by the SAD against the drug trafficking in Punjab, Randhawa said Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was “shedding crocodile tears” over the issue, whereas the fact was that he had been “shielding his relative and cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia”, whose name was figured in the drug racket.
Randhawa sought an inquiry into stocks of opium, charas, poppy husk and narcotic powder in the possession of the Punjab police.
Randhawa alleged that the contrabands were being used by police at the behest of local ruling party leaders for framing Congress workers.
Randhawa said the BJP could not disassociate itself from drug smuggling as it had never raised its voice against those who were involved in the drug trafficking, rather supported them mutely.
Randhawa said if the BJP was clean on the issue, it should not have supported the ruling SAD during a no confidence motion moved by the Congress in the Punjab vidhan sabha.
The DCC president said the BJP remained a loyal partner to the SAD in taking “anti-people decisions on sand and new taxes on the already suffering people”.
Randhawa said dharnas being staged on the international borders would demoralise the Border Security Force (BSF).
The Congress leaders also submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha at his office for forwarding it to the President.
The dharna was also addressed by MLAs Aruna Choudhary, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, PPCC general secretary Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa, PPCC member Raman Bahl and former Punjab minister Sushil Mahajan.