Anti-drug activist receives threat

Amritsar:An activist of an NGO — Nasha Virodhi Muhim Punjab (anti-drug campaign, Punjab) — claimed to have received a threatening call. The NGO has been running a campaign against drug traffickers in Punjab.
The caller reportedly threatened him of murder in case the NGO didn’t stop its campaign. The organisation has shot a complaint to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh with copies to Punjab DGP, Amritsar (Rural) SSP, and the chairman of the Punjab Human Rights Commission. They demanded a thorough investigation and arrest of the culprits.

Papalpreet Singh, president of the organisation and resident of Marari Kalan village, said that since the launch of campaign in July 2018, they had got registered FIRs against over 20 drug smugglers, who had been arrested and jailed. In December, unknown persons shot at the NGO workers and a case was registered in this regard, he said.According to Papalpreet, Sukhpreet Singh, vice president of the organisation, got several missed calls on May 3 late evening. Next morning, when he phoned back, the person on the other side hurled abuses and threatened to shot him if the organisation did not stop working.

Sukhpreet said the NGO’s campaign had got an immense response and people, especially those in villages, were sharing information about drug peddlers and seeking action against them. He urged the authorities to look into the matter and identify the caller for an appropriate action.

Amritsar (Rural) SSP Vikram Jeet Duggal said that he was not aware about the complaint submission to his office. He said he would look into the matter. “The state government has adopted a zero tolerance towards drug traffickers. A thorough probe will be held and the accused will be arrested,” he added.

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