In the biggest ever such haul of drugs, the Punjab police busted a major racket involving the illegal trade of psychotropic drugs, with the arrest of four persons and seizure of 40,01,040 intoxicating tablets/capsules/injections, valuing around Rs 4-5 crore. Disclosing this on Friday, DGP Punjab, Dinkar Gupta said a godown situated at Masani Bye-Pass Link Road, Saraswati Kund, Mathura (UP) used to store the drugs was also busted by the Barnala police team. While three of the accused were arrested in Barnala, the fourth was nabbed in Mathura, said the DGP, adding that thousands of youth had been saved from drug abuse with this seizure, as, on an average, one youth consumes 10 tablets/capsules a day.
Giving details of the operation, the DGP said a trap was laid by a police party led by CIA Barnala, under the guidance of SSP Sandeep Goel, on the basis of a tip-off, said the DGP. Gupta said Mohan Lal S/o Pawan Kumar R/o Village Uppali was first nabbed with 800 Intoxicating Tablets (Alprasafe 0.5 mg). His investigation led to the arrest of two more persons, identified as Balwinder Kumar S/o Basant Lal R/o Quila Mohalla, Barnala (Om Shiva Medical Hall, Barnala); and Naresh Mittal @ Rinku S/o Prem Chand (Biru Ram Thakur Dass Medical Store, Sadar Bazar, Barnala), with 1700 Intoxicating Tablets (Clovidol 100 SR).
In addition, 1800 Intoxicating Tablets (Clovidol 100 SR), one Innova car and Rs.5 Lakh (Drug Money) were also recovered from the accused u/s 27 of the Evidence Act. Further interrogation of the main accused Naresh Mittal, who was receiving the drugs at his medical store, had unveiled a chain of supply of psychotropic Drugs into Punjab from other states of India, said the DGP, adding that further investigations are likely to unmask many other players in this illegal racket, said the DGP. Acting on the disclosures made by Mittal, the police team traced the chain to one Tayeb Qureshi S/o Babu Qureshi R/o Chakla Street, Sadar Bazar, Mathura. Tayeb was arrested at Mathura with 80,000 Intoxicating Tablets (Clevidol 100 SR). Subsequently,
39,21,040 Intoxicating Tablets (Clevidol 100 SR), Capsules and Injection were recovered from the Godown in Mathura.
Clevidol 100 SR 3, 20, 000
Tredol 100 2,10,600
Prozolam 0.5 23,40,000
Tarmonil Extra 40,000
Loose Tablets and Capsules: 25,000