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Let's move together to save Punjab from drug menace: Akal Takht

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar 

The today asked the Sikh community to unite to save from drug menace, a day after urged the of the highest temporal seat of to issue an appeal against

"As per Sikh tenets, Sikhs were asked for divine intoxication to experience the spiritual world but unfortunately these teachings of the Gurus were distorted and some people were indulging in drug addiction, which was a highly condemnable act," Gyani Gurbachan Singh said in the appeal.

The appeal has come about a fortnight after the had urged the government to take strict measures to curb the menace, amid reports of people dying due to drug overdose.

The government is facing criticism from several quarters over its alleged failure to curb the drug menace.

The Jathedar said unscrupulous elements were spreading the menace in the state. "It was a matter of deep concern for the Sikh community as well as Punjab," he said.

He said the Punjab government, the and other religious organisations and NGOs were working to save Punjab from drug menace.

But this was not enough, he said.

He asked schools, colleges, theatre groups, doctors and cultural artistes to come

He said the should adopt strict measures to break the nexus of those supporting the illicit drug trade.

Yesterday, Singh had urged the Jathedar to issue an appeal to the Sikh community not to resort to and strictly follow the path shown by the Sikh Gurus.

"Sri Sahib - the highest temporal seat of - had always played a pro-active role whenever the state was faced with any sort of crisis from a religious perspective," the had said in a letter to the Jathedar.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 19:35 IST