“The Punjab government is committed to completely eradicating the drug threat. Strict measures are being taken against drug trafficking. ”This was claimed by an advertisement from the Punjab government with a picture of CM Charanjit Singh Channi the day after senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia was booked under the NDPS law.
While the political narrative in Punjab is about the involvement of police and politicians in the smuggling of narcotic drugs, mainly heroin, across the international border with Pakistan into Punjab, the FIR against Majithia describes a connection that is involved in the procurement of raw materials for the manufacture of party drugs ICE is supposed to be smuggled into Canada.
The FIR speaks of a nexus that procured a substance called pseudoephedrine in Punjab, which is used to make ICE, which is not a popular drug in Punjab. The drug was intended for trade in Canada, Punjab police sources said. Interestingly, the FIR nowhere mentions that chitta is sold and consumed in the Punjab.
When asked why this FIR only focused on smuggling pseudoephedrine into Canada and made no mention of the drug problem in Punjab, said Navkiran Singh, attorney for Lawyers for Human Rights International, whose petition on the drug problem in Punjab mentions in the FIR against Majithia “This is only a first step and the investigation may lead to trafficking in other drugs in Punjab.”
In the meantime, the FIR states: “Declaration by the defendant Maninder Singh Aulakh in the case FIR 56 of May 15, 2013 PS Banur Police reads: ‘… in 2009 this Satvir Singh Parminder Singh @ Pindi Uncle introduced me, an NRI based in Canada who asked me to introduce him to someone in the medical industry to facilitate the export of veterinary drugs for dogs … I introduced him to Jagjit Singh Chahal who had a pharmaceutical factory called Montek Pharma. Pindi Uncle mentioned a medicine (dawai) for which Jagjit Singh Chahal requested the formula. Later Pindi Uncle told me that he told Jagjit Singh Chahal the formula and the deal for Rs 60 lakh and a second deal was made for Rs 70 lakh … the sample of a shipment of 50 kg of pseudoephedrine failed. The sample was checked again by Jagjit Singh Chahal and failed, after which part of the money from the second deal was returned to Pindi’s uncle. In October 2010 he visited me with Jagdish Singh Bhola Pehalwan and asked me to return the remaining amount to Laddi.
It goes on to say: “It is asserted that the statements made by the respondents show that some of those involved in these crimes are abroad, that some of the drug shipments were transported abroad and that some of the funds were also said to have been received abroad. Therefore, a thorough investigation of the matter would necessarily require technical and financial expertise, as well as adequate investigative capacity to conduct aspects of the investigation abroad. “
Focus on illegal mining
This submission of the Punjab Police in the FIR also shows that the future course of the investigation is aimed at the illegal sand mining in the state and what alleged role Majithia may have played in it.
The FIR adds: “Jagjit Singh Chahal (who had a pharmaceutical factory called Montek Pharma) stated that Bikram Singh Majithia was involved in the sand mining business with Maninder Singh Aulakh @ Bittu Aulakh and Bonny Amarpal Ajnala (formerly) MLA, Ajnala. While Maninder Singh Aulakh @ Bittu Aulakh has stated that Bikram Singh Majithia was involved in the sand mining business along with Kanwarjit Singh @ Rosy Barkandi (Sitting MLA) in Muktsar business during his tenure as minister in the government of Punjab from 2007 is a significant issue and business must be verified through investigation. Hence from the point
From the perspective of the present investigation, it is necessary to examine the relationship between funds related to the alleged sand mining business and funds received by Bikram Singh Majithia, Maninder Singh Aulakh @Bittu Aulakh and others from persons involved in drug offenses. “
However, so far there is no evidence in the FIR that the investigations can target drug problems of the state.