Opposition legislators from the Congress in Punjab will call on Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to seek the Union Government’s intervention in preventing “real” culprits from escaping in a scandal related to the manufacture and trafficking of synthetic drugs, in which a former cop-cum-sportsman, Jagdish Singh alias Bhola was arrested.

Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar said on Wednesday that confessions of the arrested drug peddlers had provided further evidence about the existence of a nexus involving politicians, powerful businessmen and the State machinery. He said it was imperative that nobody irrespective of their political complexion should escape a fair investigation, which must reach its logical conclusion under the provisions of law.

Mr. Jakhar accused the Akali Dal-BJP government of misleading people as well as the House during a recent debate on the issue in the State Assembly by passing the buck on to the Central agencies. He said that after the recovery of such large quantities of drugs and serious revelations about the happenings in their own backyard, it was time that the ruling alliance owned up to its responsibility.

“You cannot pass the buck of synthetic drug menace to porous borders when Punjab itself has become a generating spot for other destinations. How is it possible that such an organised large syndicate happened without political protection and without the knowledge of law enforcing agencies?” he said, questioning the stand taken by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue.

Mr. Jakhar said on a previous occasion too, the present ruling dispensation tried to confront and deny the issue of drug menace when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had aired his concerns while touring Punjab. The present case cracked by the Patiala district police only vindicated Mr. Gandhi’s stand.