Punjab government recommends death penalty for drug smuggling, peddling

The Punjab government on Monday recommended the death penalty for those convicted in drug smuggling cases. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said the recommendation was being forwarded to the Centre. The decision to recommend the death penalty was taken in a cabinet meeting held in the state.

Singh added that he stood by his “commitment for a drug-free Punjab”. Punjab has a massive drug problem. Ridding it of the menace had been a Congress poll promise.

Facing criticism from all quarters following a spurt in deaths due to drug overdose, Singh had called a special cabinet meeting.

It is worth noting that the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act already has provisions of the death penalty for repeat drug offenders.


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