The BJP MP from Ara in Bihar said the Punjab government has to act against the Punjab Police.
New Delhi: Former union home secretary and BJP lawmaker from Bihar, RK Singh has said the Punjab Police cannot escape responsibility for the smuggling of drugs across the India-Pakistan border. A possible drug-terror nexus is being investigated after the terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in the border state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pathankot this morning and was briefed by officials of the Indian Air Force, National Security Guard and the National Investigation Agency about the attack on January 2.
Mr Singh said the state police, which comes under the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government in Punjab, "cannot escape responsibility" for the cross-border smuggling of drugs. His remarks could embarrass his party. Mr Singh said the youth of Punjab are seriously affected by the drug problem.
"The Punjab government has to act. The Punjab Police and the BSF (Border Security Force) both have to be made accountable (for drug smuggling)," the Lok Sabha MP from Ara said. "Drug smuggling is a very serious matter. All of Punjab's youth is affected. When I was Home Secretary this had come up and I had discussed with the DG BSF. The Punjab police officers in the border districts have to be looked at very closely," he said.
Mr Singh was reacting to the arrest of a BSF personnel by the Punjab Police for allegedly assisting smuggling of drugs across the India Pakistan border. The Punjab police had yesterday arrested had BSF personnel Anil Kumar posted in Sri Ganganagar, in Rajasthan, for his alleged links with a drug smuggling network. The BSF jawan allegedly received huge sums of money from a Lahore-based drug dealer whom had met through a social networking site. The arrest was made after revelations made by an alleged drug peddler Gurjant Singh who was arrested last week by the Mohali police.