Members of the Punjab Medical Practitioners Association (PMPA) held a protest rally in front of the office of the senior superintendent of police (SSP) here against the alleged harassment by the police in rural areas in the garb of nabbing drug peddlers.
Medical practitioners, mostly from rural areas of Bathinda, Raikot, Moga and Barnala, participated in the rally.
Secretary of the local unit of the association Amarjit Singh Kukku said, "We are providing primary health services at the grassroots level in rural areas where the health department has failed to do so. Instead of harassing us, the government should recognise and appreciate our work and profession."
President of the association Kulwant Singh said, "Earlier, the state government always maintained that drugs were being supplied from across the border. So, now the state government should ask its ally Bharatiya Janata Party's government at the centre to tackle the problem on the border."
"However, the question remains that if drugs are being supplied from across the border, then why this problem is not so rampant in Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir?" questioned Singh.
"Instead of targeting drug lords, the police are arresting the addicts only in the name of performance," said HS Ranu, finance secretary of the association.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) OS Ghuman said, "It is never our intention to harass any innocent person. However, we shall continue our drive to book the peddlers."