CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today called for a social movement to eradicate the drug menace in the state, saying the police could only build pressure it's the people who could truly help wipe out the problem.
Making it clear that he did not subscribe to violence of any kind, the chief minister told mediapersons on the sidelines of a book release function here that a peoples movement was the only solution to the problem.
Already, one could see villagers come out to nab drug peddlers, said the chief minister, adding that such help from the people would go a long way in eliminating drugs.
He recalled the peoples movement that had built up during the days of terrorism, when, tired of the mindless violence, people had started coming out to help the police with information on terrorists.
The problem can only be solved jointly, he said, pointing out that the signs of change were clearly visible, with numbers of drug addicts dwindling as more and more people were trying to get out of the deadly clutches of drugs.
He declared that anybody in the previous regime found guilty of complicity would not be spared if evidence against them is found by the investigating agencies.
The chief minister said a lot had been heard about the doings of certain leaders in the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime and while he did not want to indulge in political vendetta, he would not let anyone against whom there is proof go scot-free.
Recalling that he had, in the run-up to the 2017 Assembly elections, promised to break the backbone of drug trade, the chief minister said the government had clearly succeeded in doing that.
"There is shortage of drugs, particularly heroin, prices have gone up," he said.
On the alleged use of concoctions and mixtures as a substitute for drugs by addicts, the chief minister said it was an extremely dangerous trend, which was responsible for causing instant deaths, as had been happening in recent weeks.
The government was cracking down on the use of such mixtures, he added.