Amritsar, Apr 11 UNI | 3 months ago

Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today told the Badal family and their relative Bikram Singh Majithia that they should at least spare the youth of the state, by ceasing to patronise the drug trade in the state.

Addressing a series of public meetings in various villages of Attari and Raja Sansi Assembly segments, Capt Singh expressed grave concern over the spread of drug addiction in the state, particularly in the border belt.

He said this was being patronised by the ruling family, particularly Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

An entire generation is being ruined, he said, while pointing out that most of the Punjabi youth were now being rejected by the Army as they were not found physically fit. In most of the unfit cases, consumption of drugs was learnt to be the main cause, Capt Singh said and blamed the Badals and Majithia for making the availability of drugs easier through their patronage.

"I understand your greed for robbing the state by grabbing the mining, liquor, transport or cable trade but at least spare our youth and do not indulge in the drug trade and trafficking," he urged the ruling family. Capt Singh further pointed out as how Majithia had been named in the charge sheet presented in the case of drug lord Bhola. He maintained that while the international drug trafficking was a serious problem, the home made synthetic drugs being produced in Punjab were equally devastating.

"It is destroying an entire generation," he warned and regretted that despite having grabbed so much of wealth, the ruling family was indulging in promotion of drugs to get richer.

"I wonder what they are going to do with all this money they are making at the cost of an entire generation of youth," he lamented. Later in an informal interaction with reporters, he clarified that he had not defended Majithia in the drug smuggling case, but had only opposed the transfer of the case to CBI as it could have delayed the matters. "See I stand vindicated as Majithia has been exposed in the investigation. "Had the case been transferred to the CBI, it would definitely have been delayed," he clarified.

(Posted on 11-04-2014)