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Narco-Terrorism a Challenge: Amarinder

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has said that narco-terrorism and increasing cyber crime were the two main challenges before the state police. Inaugurating a two-day seminar on “Challenges before Punjab police”, organised by the Punjab IPS officers’ association, here on Thursday, the chief minister said disturbing reports about increasing use of narcotics had been coming from different parts of the state. Referring to a report, he expressed concern that in a city in Punjab 67 per cent of the boys and 52 per cent of the girls were found to have taken drugs. Consequently, he said, drug-related crime had also witnessed an upward swing. The problem, he said, was compounded by the fact that Pakistan had been abetting smuggling of narcotics in the state. The chief minister wanted the police to deal with the problem with urgency and firmness. Cyber crime, he said, had added a new dimension to the crime scene in the state. With more than 20 lakh unemployed youths in the state, who are exposed to the outburst of cinema and electronic media, the crime scene could always assume serious proportions. Full Story

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