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Drug Deal: Punjab Congress Demands President Rule in State

The Punjab Congress on Thursday demanded imposing President’s Rule in the state following the alleged involvement of senior ministers and police officers of the SAD-BJP Government in a multi-crore drug racket.

Published: 10th January 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2014 01:26 AM   |  A+A-

The Punjab Congress on Thursday demanded imposing President’s Rule in the state following the alleged involvement of senior ministers and police officers of the SAD-BJP Government in a multi-crore drug racket.

State Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Thursday called on the Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil and submitted a memorandum giving details of the expose by dismissed Deputy Superintendent of Police Jagdish Bhola who alleged that senior minister Bikram Singh Majithia ran the drug racket.

“Drug trafficking as a crime has national and international ramifications that would be best investigated by a central premier agency such as the CBI.

The case at hand involves persons spread across several states and it also prima facie appears that international elements are involved in this racket that has the potential of jeopardising the national security of our country,” the memorandum read.

Bajwa further demanded President’s rule in Punjab “to save the state and the coming generation”.

On Wednesday, he gave a call for ‘Punjab Bandh’ on January 16 to force Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to dismiss Revenue Minister Majithia and order a CBI inquiry into the `6000-crore synthetic drug racket and role of Majithia and two other cabinet ministers.

Bajwa said here on Thurday that the Congress workers would also gherao the CM’s residence at Chandigarh on January 20 besides holding dharnas and protests all over the state. Punjab Director General of Police S S Saini had given a `clean chit’ to Majithia, accusing ex-cop Jagdish Bhola of trying to deflect attention.

“There was coordination with the IB, ED, NCB and BSF in this drug racket, it was not the Punjab Police alone, these agencies also questioned and interrogated Bhola at regular intervals,” Saini said.

“In this case besides Bhola, 51 other accused have been arrested, 74 vehicles have been recovered, 28.5 kg heroin, 14.8 kg  `ICE’ synthetic drug, 1000 kg of raw material to make this drug, `1.17 lakh and $9,000 have been recovered. It is water tight case. Bhola, the experienced criminal, has done a clumsy attempt to derail investigations in this case as he is neckdeep into it, all his allegations are ridiculous just to defocus the investigations,” he said.

“No substantial evidence has been found in Bhola’s claims. He is just dropping names to save his skin,” he added.



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