As drug trafficking remained a key plank in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections and even made the Punjab government to draw flak from various political quarters, the Amritsar police in the past five days seem to have gone on total offensive to check the menace.
In the past five days, Amritsar Police Commissionerate has registered 116 cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and detained 120 persons in this connection.
Although the recovery is not huge and the “big fish” are still out of net, police claim that efforts are focused on to eradicate the drug menace.
Since drug issue left the state government embrassed during the polls, the Amritsar police following the instructions from the government have given a fresh impetus to their ongoing efforts in this direction.
Besides forming various teams, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh is holding meetings everyday to seek updates.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Aulakh said: “We have passed strict instructions that there will be ‘zero tolerance’ against the drug menace. We have made more than hundred arrests and registered equal number of cases in this connection.”
Aulakh said, “It is a chain. Our effort is to get to the people who supply these drugs to middlemen and then to actual users. In some cases we have succeeded, but rigorous efforts on to nab the suppliers.”
“In this connection, we have also dismissed one assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a head constable for their alleged role, claimed Aulkah.
Following a secret information police re gistered cases against more than 40 persons on Saturday.