Following allegations of drug smuggling by political leaders levelled by Kapurthala Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Gurdeep Singh Deepa a few days back, the city police challenged him to submit an evidence to prove the charges.
The police claimed that the BJP leader was levelling baseless allegations. Phagwara superintendent of police (SP) Ashwani Kumar said: “The allegations are baseless. If Deepa has any evidence of drug peddling in the city, he should come up and submit it to the police and we will take action.”
He said the police have arrested 34 accused under the NDPS Act involved in the city since January. “We will not tolerate the drug menace in the city and if anyone is involved he should be nabbed by the police. But still there is nothing like drug peddling by any politician in Phagwara,” he added.
Deepa and his friend Darshan Singh were booked by the Satnampura police last week under Section 354-A (committing physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the basis of a complaint by his cousin.
After registration of a case against the BJP leader, he accused chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and Phagwara BJP legislator Som Parkash of implicating him in a false case and levelled drug peddling allegation against the MLA on Monday. After allegation by the BJP leader against the CPS, opposition leaders have demanded held several protests demanding MLA’s resignation from his post, accusing him of involved in drug peddling.
Meanwhile, former PA of CPS Parkash, Om Parkash Bittu, accused the minister of registering a fake case against his uncle on Friday as they had supported the Deepa earlier. He said that police registered a case of manhandling under political pressure against his uncle for allegedly beating some person after entering their house. CPS Parkash denied the allegations levelled by Deepa against him.
Following the allegation levelled by Deepa, Punjab BJP president and Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla formed a three-member committee comprising senior leaders Brij Lal, Jagtar Singh Saini Rakesh Rathore a few days back to look into matter of a case registration against Deepa and submit a complete report of the issue to him.