Punjab now only a transit route for drugs: DGP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 24, 2015 20:55 IST

Claiming that the Punjab Police have succeeded in smashing the local availability of drugs in the state, director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini on Tuesday said that now Punjab was only a transit route for drugs and priority was to smash this also in six months.

The DGP, who was in Amritsar for the past few days owing to the Prime Minister’s visit and a function at the local Police Lines, said, “The police have come a long way. The efforts have been really hard and the results have also been positive. First, the priority was to end the local availability of drugs and the police made a lot of efforts and it has been smashed.”

While addressing mediapersons at Police Lines, Saini said, “Thereafter, the focus was to go to the sources of drugs being pushed into Punjab from other states. Through planning and strategy, the Punjab Police conducted raids in many states, including Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and got success in not only effecting seizures but also arresting peddlers.”

Talking about the drugs flowing from across the border, Saini said, “Definitely, drugs like heroin are coming from across the border. That is not in our control and we cannot reach the sources across the border too. Now, Punjab is just a transit route for supply of drugs to other states. Curbing this now is our top priority and we will smash this in six months.”

The DGP said there was a lot of coordination between the Punjab Police and the BSF and there had been many seizures wherein the counter-intelligence of Punjab Police had jointly worked with the BSF.

Ending menace in jails also priority

When told that jails were being used as meeting points by various drug peddlers and operations were being planned from there by suspects, the DGP said, “When I say that efforts are on to totally smash the drug menace, we also take into account taking serious measures in jails.”

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