Identify policemen assisting drug traffickers and take strict action: Amarinder Singh to Punjab police chief

He directed the Additional Director General of Police to constitute two STF teams in all border districts

Published: 07th June 2019 04:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th June 2019 04:08 PM   |  A+A-

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh​

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh​ (File Photo | PTI)


CHANDIGARH: Tightening the noose further on the drug trade, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered the identification and strict action against police officials found to be involved with drug traffickers, especially those posted in the border districts.

Chairing a meeting of the Special Task Force (STF) constituted to combat the drug menace, Amarinder Singh issued strict instructions to the Punjab Police chief to deal with an iron hand with policemen engaged in the illegal activity.

He directed the Additional Director General of Police to constitute two STF teams in all border districts. The Chief Minister added that the guilty police officers should not be spared at any cost.

On the issue of fast-tracking the extradition of accomplices in the Jagdish Bhola case, he asked the Chief Secretary to take up the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs to bring all the accused to book at the earliest.

In February, Bhola, a former international wrestler and Arjuna awardee, was convicted and sentenced by a special CBI court in a multi-crore drugs racket, termed as Punjab's biggest, busted in 2013.

READ| Punjab CM Amarinder Singh writes to PM Modi reiterating demand for national drug policy

Amarinder Singh also asked the State Advocate General to form a panel of eminent legal luminaries, including retired judges, lawyers, legal experts and jurists, to impart practical training to the police personnel to enable them to effectively present their cases in the courts.

The Chief Minister appreciated the success of programmes in sensitising people against the ill-effects of drugs, and asked the Additional Chief Secretary Health to get an evaluation study done by AIIMS, New Delhi, on the de-addiction practices at the OOAT Clinics, to further streamline the work at the clinics.

The Chief Minister also ordered the Health Department to regularly monitor the working of private drug de-addiction centres, which were providing deficient services while charging exorbitant rates for the treatment of addicts, to check such exploitation.

Responding to a suggestion in the meeting, he asked the Health Department to examine the feasibility of giving requisite dose of Buprenorphine on a weekly basis, as in most cases the addicts were daily wage earners and labourers and could not spend time waiting in queues to get their medication.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp