Congress party on Tuesday lambasted the Bharatiya Janata Party government for showing non-seriousness in tackling drug mafia in Himachal Pradesh.

Addressing a Congress rally organised at the industrial hub, Baddi on Tuesday, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu hitting out on the state government, said that so far as many as 10 persons have committed suicide owing to drug addiction.

He said that 28 per cent of the youth were under the grip of drug abuse.

After the BJP assumed power in the state, the drug mafia has become active and the drug trade is flourishing, he alleged, adding that many cases have been reported.

A delegation of Congress legislators and HPCC office bearers had met the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur ahead of the Monsoon Session of the Himachal Assembly and sought for stringent laws to curb drug menace, he said.

“Assuring full support, we had asked the government to bring about a Bill in the Assembly. However, the demand was ignored. Neither the state government brought any Bill in the house nor has it adopted concrete steps to tighten the noose around drug mafia. The government is adopting a lackadaisical approach to tackle such a serious issue, he charged.

The BJP government has failed miserably to bridle drug mafia and it seems that the drug lords are getting shelter from the government, he alleged.

Seeking for deterrent measures to curtail drug trafficking, Congress seeks for making the offence non-bailable and also the state government should inquire that under whose (police and administrative officials) influence the drug trade is flourishing, said Sukhu.

Congress party is strongly against drug mafia and will hold protest across the state against drug abuse said Sukhu.