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Statewide police raids against drugs, anti-social elements; Opposition says ‘not enough’

While the government was under attack for public order problems, the Punjab Police carried out a statewide cordon and search operation (CASO) to track down drug operators and anti-social elements.

State Police Chief Gaurav Yadav led the operation that covered all 28 districts. The operation was conducted simultaneously from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. statewide and officers of the rank of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) or Inspector General of Police (IGP) were deputed in each precinct in each precinct. the Punjab Police Station to oversee the operation.

“The idea behind conducting CASO on a mass level was to build public confidence and increase police presence to instill fear in anti-social elements,” said Yadav, Director General of Police (DGP).

He joined ADGP Community Affairs Division and Women Affairs Gurpreet Kaur and the Commissioner of Police (CP) Ludhiana Mandeep Singh Sidhu to carry out the operation in various areas.

‘Sniffing dogs, drones written off’

Commissioned by CM Bhagwant Mann, Yadav said, “The operation was conducted after the identification of drug and crime hotspots through data analysis by the district police. Proper searches of suspects and full searches of homes were carried out by the police under the supervision of senior officers. Sniffer dogs and drones were also deployed in these hotspots to ensure strict vigilance.”

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When asked about new directions on the issuance of gun licenses, the DGP said that “no new gun license would be issued until the physical verification of previous gun licenses within the next three months”. He said public display of guns, even on social media, would be met with an iron fist and action would be taken against violators.


Yadav pointed out that the cyber wing of the Punjab Police will monitor social networking sites to check for violations. “An FIR will be immediately registered in case anyone is caught making hate speech against any community,” he said, adding: “No one will be allowed to take the law into their hands.”


The government is under fire from the opposition after a string of targeted killings, including the killing of Shiv Sena leader Sudhir Suri in Amritsar and an accused in a sacrilege case.

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The opposition parties have accused the Mann government of ignoring the public order situation while he and his ministers campaigned in Gujarat.

“The entire government seems to be focusing on the elections for Gujarat and the Delhi municipal corporation. In the absence of the government, the anti-social elements have free rein,” Congress leader Sukhpal Khaira claimed.

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