Sukhbir Badal blames Centre for cross-border drug smuggling

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 12:47 IST
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal talking to the media in Jalandhar on Friday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal blamed the Union government for failing to check smuggling of drugs from Pakistan and Afghanistan into the state and demanded deployment of more forces at the border.

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Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Sukhbir said the deployment of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel along the Punjab border was far less than that in Jammu and Kashmir. He said Punjab Police were playing the role of the BSF and it had been successful in seizing drugs that were to be supplied to other states. Punjab is being used as a transit route by drug peddlers, he added.

When asked on the findings of the Justice Zora Singh Commission report on police firing at Behbal Kalan, Sukhbir said he was yet to read it. He refused to comment when asked if the report would be made public.

Earlier, the deputy CM launched the Rapid Rural Police Response System in over 12,000 villages of the state. He also flagged off 400 new motorcycles and 220 Bolero jeeps under the scheme. Any resident of a rural area in Punjab can dial 100 and the police will respond within 20 minutes, he added. The new system will work 24X7, he added.

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