Chief Minister Bhagwan Mann

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DW BUREAU / Chandigarh Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday urged Border Security Force Director General Pankaj Kumar to enhance vigil at the borders of the state to check smuggling of drugs and weapons.Kumar called on Mann at his official residence here, according to an official statement. During the deliberations, Mann said Punjab being a border state faces numerous challenges in the wake of smuggling of drugs and weapons from across the fence. He said this needs to be checked with a heavy hand as it poses a grave threat to the unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of the country. Mann said Punjab is fighting the country's war against drugs as not even a single ounce of drug is produced in the state. But as the state is on the transit route of drug supply, it is battling hard to prevent smuggling of narcotics into the country, said Mann.Meticulous planning and flawless execution of strategy against drug smuggling by the BSF and the Punjab Police can act as a barrier to save the country from the "poison of drugs". He said this is the need of the hour to break the backbone of narco-gangster-terrorist nexus which is trying to flex its muscles for disturbing the hard earned peace of the state.Mann assured fulsome support and cooperation to the BSF DG for this cause. Underlining the need for equipping BSF and the state police with the latest weapons and gadgets to combat cross border terrorism and smuggling more effectively, the CM said he had already flagged this issue with the Union government. He said both the Punjab Police and the BSF are working tirelessly to check cross border smuggling of weapons and drugs, adding that strenuous efforts on the part of both the forces will bear the desired results. Mann also lauded the services rendered by the BSF for safeguarding the border of the country in general and state in particular. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday stressed on working as "team India" in fighting drug menace even as his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar also sought to put up a joint fight to break the network.They were addressing the gathering at a national conference on drug trafficking and national security at the Raj Bhawan here. (editor@dailyworld.in)




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