Congress spokesman Sukhpal Khaira on Friday flayed Cabinet minister and Youth Akali Dal (YAD) president Bikram Singh Majithia for allegedly patronising drug trade in the state through its party workers. He also claimed that state police's helpline 181 had failed to curb drug menace in the state.
Addressing mediapersons here, Khaira alleged, “The arrest and seizure of synthetic drugs worth crores of rupees from Maninder Singh Aulakh, alias Bittu, general secretary of the YAD and treasurer of the SAD Amritsar's rural wing, and his accomplice financer Jagjit Singh Chahal, points a direct finger towards a deep nexus of senior Akali politicians and drug mafia.”
“The Congress demands nothing less than a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe to unearth this unholy nexus,” he said.
“Aulakh is not only close to member of parliament Rattan Singh Ajnala and his MLA son Bonny Ajnala, but is equally close to Majithia. Chahal is a known financer of senior Akali leaders of the Majha region, including Majithia,” he added.
“The connection of Bhola with the arrested Akali leader, who is close to Majithia and Ajnala, indicates a deep nexus between the ruling Akali Dal and the drug mafia, which needs to be investigated by an independent agency,” he said.
He alleged that the activists had been moving freely in the state with stickers of the YAD pasted on their vehicles, but police never “dared” to stop and check their vehicles.
“This is not the first time that Majithia was seen shielding and patronising criminals or drug mafia who hold senior positions in the YAD. Earlier, it was Ranjit Singh Rana, general secretary of the YAD, who killed assistant sub-inspector Ravinderpal Singh at Amritsar; then Sunny Johar, YAD general secretary, who broke the leg of assistant inspector general of police SS Mand at Ludhiana; then Yadwinder Yadu, YAD Khanna president, who was indicted by the CBI in a land grabbing case at Mandi Khurd village in Bathinda district,” Khaira said.
“Keeping in view the gravity of the issue, the Congress demands a CBI inquiry to unearth the nexus between politicians and the police-drug mafia, as the party and the public at large have no faith in the state police, as it is nothing but an extension of the Akali Dal, and is a highly politicised force,” he alleged.
Regarding the '181' helpline, set up for redressing public grievances, Khaira alleged, “I had registered complaints regarding drugs being sold in my constituency without at three different places 15 days ago. I was provided with docket numbers, but no action has been taken so far. The launch of the '181' helpline is nothing more than an eyewash.”