Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh Demands Death Penalty For Drug Peddlers

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| July 2 , 2018 , 17:57 IST

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday recommended death penalty for drug peddlers and smugglers to curb down the drug menace in the state of Punjab.

Singh said that a recommendation is being forwarded to the centre demanding death penalty to those who are involved in smuggling of drugs.  

After the cabinet meeting, Singh tweeted, “My govt has decided to recommend the death penalty for drug peddling/smuggling. The recommendation is being forwarded to the Union government. Since drug peddling is destroying entire generations, it deserves exemplary punishment. I stand by my commitment for a drug-free Punjab.”

A statement released by the government reads, “Besides discussing the causes of the drugs menace, which remains a matter of concern despite the major strides made in tackling it, the meeting will take stock of the measures being taken to tackle the problem. The cabinet is expected to suggest the response mechanism to deal with the issue in a more aggressive way,”

Drug addiction is a major problem in Punjab. According to a report, nearly 75% of Punjab's youth is addicted to some kind of substance or the other. According to Narcotics Control Bureau's reports, 50 percent of drug-related cases of the country are from Punjab alone. Punjab also witnessed the highest seizure of Opium which was around 506 kg.

Over the past decade, drug abuse has been one of the most significant political and social issues of Punjab. The last assembly election was fought on the issue of drugs. The Congress-led by Singh had promised during elections that they will take stringent action against drug peddlers if elected to power.

This move to award death penalty to drug peddlers came days after the opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) carried out a protest march against the state government for their failure to nail drug peddlers.