Badal seeks Rajnath's intervention to check drug flow
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday sought Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's intervention to intensify efforts made by central agencies to check flow of drugs into the state through the border.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday sought Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's intervention to intensify efforts made by central agencies to check flow of drugs into the state through the border.
In a letter to Rajnath Singh, Badal also urged Rajnath to strengthen the hands of the state government in this regard, according to an official release.
He said that major component of drugs transiting through Punjab were through Indo-Pak border along the state and pointed out that there were "some riverine gaps in fencing" along the border.
Badal said that interrogation of arrested smugglers and other inputs have revealed strong connections between the trans-border smugglers
He said that smugglers belonging to a particular network trust operatives of same families over generations on both sides of the border, which has led to persistent smuggling across the international border despite best efforts of the central and state agencies.
The Chief Minister said that in recent times, "the use of Samjhauta Express railway link and the Indo-Pak bus service for dispatch of narcotic consignments have increased".
He further said that Samjhauta Express has been particularly vulnerable to novel methods adopted by Pakistani smugglers by shaping the narcotic contrabands as ropes and using these to tie the wagons in order to avoid detection.
Badal further said that the use of passengers as drug couriers and their baggage for heroin consignments has also come to notice.
The Chief Minister said that in such a scenario, drug enforcement becomes a multi-agency effort with a prominent role of the Central Government, as the Border Security Force (BSF) was responsible for guarding the international border and the Customs Department was responsible for enforcement, prevention and anti-smuggling work.
He said that the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have clearly defined preventive anti-smuggling roles.