Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu Says, Opium Way Better Than Heroin

| October 1 , 2018 , 18:29 IST

Former cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, on Monday, has come in support of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Dharamvir Gandhi over the demand for legalisation of opium cultivation. He revealed that "opium is better than heroin" and that it should be legalised.

Speaking to media, the Congress leader said, "Dharamvir Gandhi is doing a very good thing, I support him. My uncle used to take opium as a medicine and lived a long life".

"Opium should be grown in Punjab," Sidhu said in presence of the Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora.

AAP’s Dharamvir Gandhi has taken up the issue of legalisation of opium on several occasions in the last few years. He had also met Punjab's Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh over the issue last year.     

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However, the Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh had stood against the drugs in Punjab. He had also urged to neighbouring states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan for help in Punjab’s war against drugs. He even appealed to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ensure that no safe havens are allowed to drug peddlers and smugglers in the state.

It is learnt that Punjab has also announced free treatment of poor drug addicts at all state-run de-addiction centres. According to reports in media, the Chief Minister even ordered the police not to harass addicts or their families.

Punjab CM even ordered a dope test for all the government employees and police personnel. The offenders, however, would not be arrested or intimidated, Amarinder Singh clarified later, adding, the identity of such workers would not be disclosed and they would be provided treatment.

Punjab government will also bear the finances for the treatment of those addicted to drugs. further, the reports informed that an official spokesman also described that the Punjab CM also ordered a number of steps to be taken for expanding the government’s efforts to guarantee stringent enforcement of the drug laws.