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'Huge money spent on poll campaigns comes from narcotics trade'

A big chunk of money used in various election campaigns comes from narcotics trade, said former Punjab director general of police (DGP) Shashi Kant here on Friday.

punjab Updated: May 24, 2013 20:20 IST
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A big chunk of money used in various election campaigns comes from narcotics trade, said former Punjab director general of police (DGP) Shashi Kant here on Friday.


“It's a fact that a huge chunk of money used in election campaigns by politicians comes from narcotics trade. There are many politicians in Punjab, who are giving patronage to narcotics smugglers so that their trade could flourish,” said the former DGP.

During his tenure, he said, he had informed the government about many politicians and other high-profile people, who were actively involved in narcotics trade. “But after the completion of my service, I cannot name those people, as now I do not have any proof against them. All the documents and proofs were sent to the home department, but nothing was done,” said Shashi Kant.

He said that when he was posted as the chief of jails in the state, he came to know about the trade going on inside the jails. “Prisoners got drugs without any hassles and used it in front of everyone. I reported the matter to the higher authorities, but to no avail,” he claimed.

The former DGP was speaking at a press conference, where he announced the floating of an NGO “Nasha Virodhi Manch” to combat the prevailing drugs menace in the state. The NGO would involve people from different walks of life to propagate the dangers of drugs.

Shashi Kant has already floated two NGOs working for different causes, but the new NGO will work specifically against the drug menace.

“I would like to ask a question. Why such a large number of officials working against the narcotics trade are not able to check it? The trade is ever increasing, and there is no effort by the government agencies to stop it,” said the former DGP.