A shocking video shows how Punjabi women are lured into drugs by their Punjabi friends. The woman in the video appears to be doing drugs for the first time.
73.5% of Punjab’s youth is addicted to drugs. A multi million drug nexus operating under the noses of the Border Security Force, The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, The Narcotics Control Bureau and the Intelligence Bureau, leaving them as mere bystanders to Punjab’s erosion. The yearly consumption of alcohol in Punjab is touching 29 Crore bottles making it one of the highest per capita consumers of alcohol in the world!
The scenario in Punjab is worsening at such a rapid rate, that experts have already begun to put an expiry date to the state.
Addicts and former police officers have confirmed widespread ties between political activists and drug-peddling in the state, vindicating claims made by its former Director General of Police Shashi Kant.
Speaking from a remote village in Bhatinda, Shashi Kant said: “As additional director general of police (Intelligence) I had submitted a report with a list of sitting various ministers and MLAs of all political parties who are profiting from this dark enterprise.
We don’t make enough money. The easiest way is to join hands with those involved in nasha taskari (drug smuggling). We lease our land for a sum and become couriers.
“A single day of full-fledged campaigning costs several lakhs [about $1,655] per day. None of these politicians have sold their properties, how do you think they are getting money to lure voters?
“A part of what they earn through drugs sales goes into election campaigns and part of it is used to buy more drugs. It’s a vicious circle.”
Just 2km from the centre of Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, is Maqboolpura, a closely packed settlement where flies, muck and night soil fill the gutters.
Notorious as a haven for criminals, what makes Maqboolpura more infamous today is that most households in this neighbourhood are occupied by a drug addict’s widow or orphans – earning it the nickname, “Village of widows and orphans.”
There are active drug addicts in at least 384 families in the neighbourhood and nearly 100 local boys are currently held in Amritsar Central Jail on drugs related cases.
“Drugs have killed many across the state of Punjab, except that in Maqboolpura the problem is marked,” said Master Ajit, who runs a school for the orphans of drug addicts.
According to the 2009 Punjab government affidavit, the use of alcohol and drugs has become a part of culture in the state.
However, in the last two decades, the pattern of drug use has undergone a change in favour of new narcotic and synthetic drugs, with addicts now consuming multiple drugs.
In official documents agencies in drug cases being investigated or pending trial in local courts accuse Pakistan of playing a key role.
Most cases have revealed a similar modus operandi among smugglers in both Pakistan and India of supplying and receiving consignments through border villages.
“As the fence is electrified, smugglers use a large and long plastic pipe to drop the narcotics. The packets are inserted from Pakistan side and received on the Indian side by the smugglers,” reads one statement to the local police in the Tarn Taran border district.
A farmer from the same area, on the condition of anonymity, said: “We don’t make enough money. The easiest way is to join hands with those involved in nasha taskari (drug smuggling). We lease our land for a sum and become couriers.”