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Drug peddlers’ gang busted, 20 arrested

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24

The Punjab Police on Friday claimed to have busted an inter-state pharmaceutical drug cartel called the 'Agra Gang', operating in more than 50 districts of the country across 11 states. In Punjab alone, the gang had a mushrooming business of around Rs 12 crore per month. The police have seized more than 27 lakh tablets and capsules from their possession.

Operating across India

  • The gang was pushing pharmaceutical drugs into markets all across India by diverting drugs like pain killers and anti-anxiety pills in huge quantities from drug manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and retail chemists
  • The police have seized more than 27 lakh tablets and capsules, Rs70,03,800 drug money and five vehicles from their possession

Twenty persons have already been arrested with Rs 70,03,800 drug money and five vehicles in an operation that spanned over eight weeks. Sixteen of those arrested are from Punjab, two from Uttar Pradesh and one each from Haryana and Delhi.

DGP Dinkar Gupta said the gang was pushing pharmaceutical drugs into the markets all across India by diverting drugs like pain killers and anti-anxiety pills in huge quantities from drug manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and retail chemists.

A Barnala Police team, led by SSP Sandeep Goel, made the arrests from various locations in Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, UP and Delhi.

The case began to unravel in May with the arrest of Balwinder Singh, alias Nikka, and four others, along with the seizure of 2,85,000 intoxicating tablets. This led to the arrest of Julfikar Ali with 12,000 intoxicating tablets. Julfikar's questioning revealed the role of Harish as one of the masterminds in the influx and supply of pharmaceutical opioids into Punjab.

Harish was nabbed from West Bengal. He disclosed the modus operandi of the gang and its chain of supply. Subsequent raids in UP, Haryana Delhi and Punjab led to the arrest of other gang members, the DGP added.



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