Chandigarh, Nov 24 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today directed the police to be vigilant against radicalisation campaigns on social media and step up crackdown on drug smugglers.

He also asked the police force to maintain “greater vigilance” along the Indo-Pak Border as “infiltration activity moves southwards once the passes close due to inclement winter weather”, an official release said.

The police should remain vigilant against radicalisation campaigns being carried out on social media platforms, he said at a high-level meeting here to review the law and order situation in Punjab.

The chief minister said prevention of terror-related crimes was his government’s priority and directed officials to combat such threats to Punjab’s peace and stability.

Emphasising his government’s “zero-tolerance approach in handling cases of sacrilege”, Singh said attempts to disturb the state’s communal harmony would be strictly dealt with.

Deputy commissioners and district police officers would be held responsible for any incidents of sacrilege in their respective areas, he said, directing them to have CCTV cameras installed through community participation.

Singh also instructed police officials to crackdown on drug smugglers.

Police commissioners, senior superintendents of police (SSPs), sub-divisional police officers and station house officers would be held accountable for supply and sale of drugs in their jurisdiction, he warned.

The chief minister said that district police officials must lead from the front and carry out raids under their supervision against terrorist and militant elements, and drug smugglers.

He instructed the officials to take firm action against gangsters and stern steps to control petty street crimes such as snatching to instill a sense of safety and confidence among citizens.

The chief minister directed the Home Department to build a statewide database to keep a tab on arms dealers and to also monitor the supply and inventory of arms and ammunition.

The meeting was attended by Punjab DGP Suresh Arora, DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta, DGP (Law and Order) H S Dhillon and SSPs and SPs among others.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.