With drug trafficking continuing from Haryana and Rajasthan into Punjab, police officials of three states have decided to strengthen the inter-state coordination to put a check on the menace.
With this purpose, officials of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan organised an inter-state police coordination meet at Badal village on Thursday and decided to make it a quarterly affair to ensure communication between officials from level of district police heads to SHOs.
Besides inspector general of police (IGP), Bathinda zone, NS Dhillon; IGP, Bikaner (Rajasthan Police), Janardan Sharma; DIG, Bathinda range, Amar Singh Chahal; SSP, Sirsa (Haryana) Saurabh Singh; SSP, Mansa, Narinder Bhargav; SSP, Muktsar, Surjeet Singh; SSP, Faridkot, Manminder Singh; SSP, Bathinda, Ravcharan Singh Brar, other police officials also took part in the meeting.
Dhillon said though they could not make the coordination meet a regular process earlier, the information sharing has definitely helped the police in putting a check on drug trafficking from places near to Kandukhera on the border.
He said a meeting of SSPs of border districts had been fixed for the last week of November in which SHOs of border police station will also take part. Besides this, the next meeting of higher police officials of three states will be held in Rajasthan.
Though officials could not produce any relevant data to substantiate achievements regarding a check on drug trafficking through coordination among police of three states, Dhillon said it has definitely helped the police so they have decided to further strengthen this communication.
The police of three states will be sharing the list of Proclaimed Offenders (PO) and absconding persons, will put up joint 'nakas' and will start patrols along rainwater drains, which remain dry through the year except rainy season.
It is important to mention here that despite coordination among the police officials drug trafficking into Punjab is continuing, which is reflected from seizure of drugs allegedly pushed in to Punjab from neighbouring states in the region.
Confusion over accused identification
Even as police officials of three states met to chalk out a strategy to improve coordination to check drug trafficking, confusion was prevailing between Punjab and Rajasthan police over the identification of an accused in a case of robbery at the house of a jeweller in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
When pointed out that the Bathinda police had denied the claims of their Bikaner counterparts that some of the accused arrested by the former in connection with a crime were involved in the robbery, Dhillon said there was some confusion over it.
Even as IGP, Bikaner, Janardan Sharma said as per the CCTV footage, some of the accused arrested by Bathinda police were involved in a robbery in Bikaner, Dhillon said that is why the police officials of neighbouring districts need to share the information.
'Gangs from Punjab active in Rajasthan'
The IGP, Bikaner, said though there was no drug trafficking from the side of Punjab to Rajasthan, he claimed that gangs from Punjab are operating in Rajasthan as involvement of people from Punjab has come to light in many crimes in his state. He said in view of upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan, the Punjab-Rajasthan border will be sealed and the Rajasthan police will be lay stress on checking of smuggling of cheap liquor from Haryana to Rajasthan.