UK to aid Punjab Police on modernisation, drug enforcement

CHANDIGARH, May 10: United Kingdom has offered technical assistance to Punjab police in the enforcement of the drug control measures launched by the Captain Amarinder Singh government, while evincing keen interest to scale up business engagement with the north Indian state.

Punjab Police

Punjab police have been under attack from several quarters following unsolved cases of Maur terror attack, Pathankot security lapses, Nabha jailbreak, 18 broad daylight gang wars and no headway into assassinations of several top Hindu leaders, including RSS Punjab vice-president Brigadier V P Gagneja (retired) and Namdhari secretary head Mata Chand Kaur, forcing Amarinder to take new police reforms.

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The decision was announced by Amarinder on Tuesday following a meeting Punjab chief minister British deputy high commissioner to India Andrew Ayre.

It was decided at the meeting that the chief of the Special Task Force (STF) on drugs would meet British enforcement experts to discuss cooperation in fighting the drugs menace in Punjab, in view of the smuggling of drugs into and out of India to other countries.

Several NRIs are wanted from Canada in the Punjab Rs 6000-crore synthetic drug racket. Sources in the Punjab government said that UK fears that drug epidemic in Punjab may lead to drug cartels in the UK as well.

News Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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