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SAD-BJP alliance not interested in fighting against drug mafia: Ex-DGP

Former DGP Shashi Kant on Tuesday said the SAD-BJP alliance was simply not interested in working against drug mafia.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: July 31, 2013 5:34 am

Known for his campaign against drug mafia in Punjab,former DGP Shashi Kant on Tuesday said the SAD-BJP alliance was simply not interested in working against drug mafia in the state.

Addressing the media,Kant said despite his several letters to political stalwarts like Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal,BJP Punjab chief Kamal Sharma and PPP chief Manpreet Singh Badal,he had got no response.

Kant recently started his own NGO,Nasha Virodhi Manch,to work against drug addiction and mafia running in Punjab.

However,he added that some ‘infamous BJP and SAD leaders have come forward and wished to be a part of his NGO and work against drugs.’

He also said while in service he had written a letter to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and recommended formation of a commission to deter drug menace,he had received no response to that letter.

He added that Punjab’s per capita drug consumption was the highest in India. During his tenure,he did a survey in Sangrur and found that around 800 chemist shops in the district did not have licences.

He claimed the drug peddling inside jails had increased manifold with some police officers being a part of the whole mafia.

The former DGP said that his NGO had divided the drive in three phases. In the first phase,the NGO would create awareness among the people at village and block level. In the second phase,they would boycott the people and parties distributing drugs and in the third phase they would initiate protests against drug peddling. The USA-based agency,SAUGUS,is too supporting the drive,he said.

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