A Punjab free of drug menace would be a true tribute to martyr Bhagat Singh and his freedom fighter associates, Punjab irrigation and power minister Rana Gurjit Singh said on Thursday.
Presiding over a state-level function here to commemorate the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, Rana gave a clarion call to people to cooperate with the state government in its initiative to wipe out the menace of drugs among youth of Punjab.
The minister also appealed to his party leaders to not come to the rescue of persons who are nabbed during the anti-drug drive by the law enforcement agencies. “Please do not call the police officials asking for release of such anti-social elements,” he said, adding making Punjab drug-free was a promise made by chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and no one involved in drugs would be spared in any case.
The state minister, who was deputed by the CM to preside over the function in his absence, wrote in the visitor’s book at the memorial site here: “Tribute to Shahid-e-Azam Bhagat for the year 2017 will be eradication of drugs in Punjab. Punjab government will leave no stone unturned for this.”
Earlier, after offering floral tributes at the statue of Bhagat Singh and the memorial of his father Kishan Singh, the minister honoured relatives of martyrs Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev with mementos. Zorawar Singh Sandhu, nephew of Bhagat Singh; Vinod Thapar, Ashok Thapar, Sandeep Thapar, nephews of Sukhdev; and Tribhuwan Thapar, grandson of Sukhdev, were honoured.