With the state heading for assembly elections early next year, Punjab Police have kicked off an intensive three-month-long campaign against drug trafficking and addiction across rural and urban areas of the state.
Switching to damage-control mode for improving the image of the police force after ever increasing drug smuggling and addiction, top police officials will hold village-level meetings to collect feedback from people regarding the prevailing situation of drugs in the state.
On the inaugural day on Thursday, director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora kicked off the campaign by interacting with people of Chahal and Dhudhi villages in Faridkot district.
“After breaking the drug supply chain with huge recoveries and nabbing major smugglers, the police are now concentrating on getting feedback from people in villages so that the required measures can be put in place to check the drug menace more effectively,” he said.
Giving further information, Arora said officers with the rank of superintendent of police and above would cover all villages and prominent localities of urban areas in the next three months. Under the campaign, SP rank officers posted in the districts will cover 50-60 villages in a month, senior superintendent of police (SSP) rank officers 40-50 villages, deputy inspector general (DIG ranges) rank officers 40 villages, inspector general of police (IGP zones) and commissioner of police (CP) rank officers 30-35 villages and localities in urban areas.
“The purpose of this campaign is to cover all villages in Punjab in the coming three months to take people’s feedback. Also, people will be motivated to contribute towards the fight against drug addiction and smuggling,” he said.
The DGP added that the state police will take required corrective measures to keep Punjab free of drugs.
Meanwhile, interacting with students of Baba Farid Law College, the DGP exhorted them to play a proactive role in wiping out the menace of drugs by not only saying no to drugs but also creating awareness against the curse of drug addiction.
Arora said the Punjab Police would soon procure 40 highly trained sniffer dogs and funds for the purpose had already been sanctioned by the chief minister.
“One each such sniffer dog has already been provided to commissionerate police of Ludhiana, Batala, SBS Nagar, Ludhiana (Rural) and SAS Nagar so as to carry out effective search operations regarding any information on drug trafficking, besides availing their services during nakas to ascertain the movement of drugs,” he said.
IGP and director of state narcotics control bureau Ishwar Singh and SSP Sukhminder Singh were also present.