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Rahul Gandhi in Punjab: Amarinder Singh sees BSF-Pak rangers ‘nexus’ behind drug trade

Rahul was in Punjab to launch the documentary Fading Glory, that toes the Congress line on the drug trade row.

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Amritsar | Published: March 19, 2016 10:22 am
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Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh Friday alleged that there was a “nexus between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers personnel to facilitate drug smuggling.” He was speaking at the release of a documentary on the drug problem by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amritsar.

Made by activist Sadhavi Khosla Dalal, Fading Glory alleges that the SAD-BJP government is responsible for the drug trade in the state. After watching the documentary at a local cinema hall, Rahul and Captain addressed a state-level party gathering .

Amarinder said, “As Punjab CM, I had gone to then home minister L K Advani and told him to reduce the period of stay of BSF platoons on the Punjab border from two years to one year. But he said it was too expensive. I had told him that it was not more expensive than the lives of Punjabis. He, however, didn’t react. This period is still two years. The longer period of stay helps them evolve a nexus with Pak rangers to facilitate drug trade.”

Rahul said that SAD had mocked him when he visited Punjab around four years ago and claimed that 70 per cent youths in the state youth were drug addicts. “It would had been better if Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had listened to me at that time. But they are still not ready to acknowledge the problem,” Rahul said.

“I want Captain Amarinder Singh to eradicate the drug problem from Punjab on priority after forming government in the state. It should not be the mission of just the Congress Party only but the mission of every individual of Punjab,” Said Rahul.

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