Two men were arrested by the Navi Mumbai police for allegedly switching medicines with salt during its transportation from Delhi to Mumbai.
The medicines were worth Rs. 41 lakh.
The arrested accused are Sunil Singh, 24, the driver who was entrusted with the transportation of the consignment, and Deepak Gupta, 35, who bought the drugs from him in Rajasthan.
“CBD Belapur-based V Express, a transport company, was given the contract for transporting the medicines from Gurgaon to Mumbai. Singh and a cleaner were given the responsibility to bring the consignment. They left from Gurgaon on April 24 and arrived in Mumbai on April 28,” said Prakash Sonawane, sub-inspector, Belapur police station.
The consignment was later sent to the various clients it was meant for. However, a company from Bhiwandi complained that the bags were heavier than usual.
“When the transport company officials examined the bags that were opened by the client, they were shocked to see that it contained salt and not medicines,” Sonawane said.
Singh, who is from Uttar Pradesh, and the cleaner were the prime suspects, but they denied any involvement.
The transport company then lodged a complaint with the police naming Singh as the suspect.
During interrogation, Singh confessed to the crime while the cleaner was found innocent. “He told us that he had sold the medicine for Rs1 lakh to Gupta in Udaipur. The duo had replaced the medicines with salt so that no one would notice that they were missing,” said Sonawane
According to Sonawane, Gupta had taken the medicine to Ahmedabad in Gujarat, and hid them in his godown.
A police team was sent to Ahmedabad and Gupta was arrested.
He planned to sell the medicines and make a profit, the police said.