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Amarinder urges Akal Takht to issue appeal against drug abuse

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

today urged of the Akal Takht, the top temporal body of Sikhs, Giani Gurbachan Singh, to appeal to the community to not resort to and strictly follow the path shown by their great Gurus.

The move comes days after the government, faced with criticism from several quarters over alleged spate of deaths due to drug overdose in the state, wrote to the Centre recommending death penalty for first-time drug peddlers and smugglers and ordered mandatory dope tests on all government employees.

Sri Sahib has played a pro-active role whenever is faced with any sort of crisis, said in a letter to the

"A sizeable chunk of the state's population had been in the grip of for the past many years," he pointed out, adding that several youngsters from Sikh families had also fallen prey to it.

The expressed concern over the gravity of the situation, which, he said, is against the tenets of

Though the government has already launched a vigorous anti-drug campaign, its efforts need to be further strengthened and supplemented, he said.

A fortnight ago, had urged the to take strict measures to curb the drug menace prevalent in the state.

He said it was the duty of the and the to tackle the problem.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 18:10 IST