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14 drug deaths in 14 days should stir anyone's conscience: Sunil Jakhar

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | June 16, 2024 06:56 PM

CHANDIGARH: Expressing shock and anguish over 14 deaths reported in Punjab in last 14 days due to drug abuse, the Punjab BJP President Sunil Jakhar has urged Chief Minister to wake up from deep sleep and act tough to save Punjab's youth from this menace proliferating right under the nose of his government.

These tragic deaths have shaken the people of Punjab and a Chief Minister who every other day sells fake dreams of making a 'Rangla Punjab' must be forced to understand his duty towards his Chair and the state, Jakhar said.

Punjab today needs an effective and urgent crackdown against those directly responsible for this heinous crime of killing our youngsters, he said adding that the state government has failed miserably to control drug menace in state with daily reports of drugs being available easily in villages and towns.

In a statement issued from here, Jakhar reminded Bhagwant Mann of his own AAP MLAs publicly disclosing names of those under whose direct patronage drug trade is flourishing in the state and yet no action had been taken ever in the last 2 years.

What more information does the CM need to at least order a probe and bring those, however powerful, behind these deaths to book, Jakhar asked adding that this stoic silence over disclosures by their own party legislators shows there is something amiss and fishy. This raises suspicion, Jakhar further added.

Punjab is in deep grip of drug mafia and this is happening under the full control and guidance of the AAP regime which today lies exposed before all Punjabis, Jakhar said.

Urging the CM to refrain from any more gimmickry on this serious issue of life and death for so many families, Jakhar reminded him that what Punjab expects from its Chief Minister is 'Governance', and not gimmicks. Take action against those responsible for these tragic deaths, Jakhar said.

Earlier, Jakhar in his tweet said, "Sh Bhagwant Mann ji, last year when a large number of youth died due to drug abuse, instead of taking effective steps you led thousands of school-going kids to do Ardas. Now again 14 cases of drug deaths have been reported in as many days. I urge you to eschew subjecting children to this scorching heat for sake of similar photo-op once again in the name of Ardas. Punjabis do their Ardas on their own, every day."

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