The Central government asked the Punjab government to take action on the findings of a probe by the BSF regarding a drug issue faced by farm labourers.
In a letter to the Punjab Chief Secretary and DGP, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that migrant bonded labourers who are employed in Punjab's farms are given drugs to extract long hours of work.
BSF (Border Security Force) apprehended 58 such labourers from the border districts of Punjab and they are mostly migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
This letter from the centre has been slammed by farmers' groups and leaders who have been protesting against the three farm laws passed by the centre.
Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of BKU Dakaunda and member of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), accused the Centre of trying to “malign the image of farmers” who are protesting against the laws.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), said the letter was based on a “ridiculous assumption" and is aimed at defaming the farmers.