Udta Punjab? This election season, drugs flow freely

As Punjab is all set to vote for a new government, the issue of drugs is a major concern for all political parties.

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Chandigarh, Feb 2: The main issue hogging the limelight in the poll-bound Punjab is drug menace. All political parties contesting the Punjab assembly elections 2017 have said that they would prioritise the war against drugs, if voted to power.

However, in the border district of Taran Taran in Punjab, there still continues to be a free flow of drugs. Drugs have been freely entering into this village. The Border Security Force which patrols this area says that there are certain conditions that have helped drug lords bring in heroine. The weather condition in the village is usually misty, and this has helped drug dealers give security forces the slip through.

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Once brought into Punjab, it is concealed in hollow wooden logs and depending on the demand, it is moved into the market. In fact, Punjab has recorded the highest seizure of drugs during this election season.

In a recent operation that was conducted in the Gazal village, the BSF seized 53 kilograms of heroin that was concealed in hollow logs and kept in the shed of a farmer, officials say.

Officials add that drug dealers have found various methods of storing these banned substances. "Most of the drugs had come in before the elections and stocked in various places. Supply of narcotics depends on demand," says an official. 

It was found that drugs were mostly concealed in tiffin boxes, diesel tanks and air filters. Punjab, as mentioned earlier, topped the list of drug seizures among all the five poll-bound states. In Punjab alone, the drug seizure recorded was at 2,362 kilograms. This included heroin, marijuana, poppy husk and charas (cannabis).

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