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To eliminate gangster culture, will introduce law & order reforms: Mann

Mann said the state government will soon introduce a witness protection Bill and modify jails of the state into high-security jails. 

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

To eliminate gangster culture from the state, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday announced to introduce of comprehensive law and order reforms in the state.

Winding up the discussion on the Governor’s address on the floor of the Punjab Assembly, the CM said the state government is duty-bound to curb gangster activities in the state. He said the need of the hour is to bring comprehensive law and order reforms.

Mann said the state government will soon introduce a witness protection Bill and modify jails of the state into high-security jails. 

The CM said the state government has already set up an Anti-Gangster Task Force headed by an ADGP (additional director general of police) rank officer.

He said this task force has been directed to adopt zero tolerance towards gangsters and work without any fear and prejudice adding that the force is being equipped with advanced facilities and resources for this purpose.

Mann said the anti-drug Special Task Force (STF) in coordination with district police, intelligence wing, Border Security Force, Narcotics Control Bureau, and other agencies is launching need-based operations to check cross-border smuggling of narcotics and weapons.

The CM said the state government is committed to maintaining law and order in the state at every cost. He said a peaceful atmosphere will always prevail in the state and severest severe action will be taken against anyone trying to disturb the hard-earned peace of the state. Mann said his government’s top priority is to maintain peace and prosperity in the state.

Announcing the war against drugs, the CM said police have been directed not to spare anyone conniving with the Drug Mafia. He said district police chiefs have been asked to work in close coordination with STF to catch big sharks involved in the supply of Drugs adding that every police officer will be held accountable for laxity in dealing with the drug menace within their jurisdiction.

The CM said the state government believes members of the Assembly carry with them the onus of being pioneers of reforms. So, he said that in an exemplary step, the state government will introduce one pension for a legislator Bill in the ongoing session instead of the present provision of allowing a pension for every term.