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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Ludhiana, September 19, 2013
The Crime Investigation Agency staff have seized psychotropic drugs worth more than `7 crore from three godowns of as many transport companies in Transport Nagar late on Wednesday night. The police seized 1.43 crore sedative pills and capsules, 11,500 injections and 1,680 cough syrups from the godowns. The police commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill claimed that this was one of the biggest haul of psychotropic drugs ever made by the police.

The Division 6 police have booked three persons, including a father-son duo, under sections 21, 22, 25, 27-A and 29 of the NDPS Act and sections 420, 467. 468, 471 of 120-B of the IPC. The accused have been identified as Nitin Goyal, his father Pawan Goyal of Moga and Deepak of Haibowal Kalan of Ludhiana.

According to the police commissioner, the police arrested the accused, besides some other persons for questioning. He said that the accused have produced several documents in their favour, but the documents appeared to be fake.

Gill said incharge of anti-narcotic and anti-illicit liquor smuggling wing sub-Inspector Harbans Singh, along with CIA staff, raided the godowns of Kamal Goods Carrier, Northern India Goods Private Limited and The Amritsar Transport Company Limited following a tip-off and seized the cache of drugs. A team from health department also accompanied the police party.

"As per the preliminary investigation the accused used to procure psychotropic drugs from Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh without bills and used to supply the same among the chemists at Pindi Street, wholesale medicine market and others using forged bills," said the police commissioner.

"The accused have established fake firms in the name of Goyal Sales Corporation, Krishna Agency, Atlas Pharmaceuticals, HL Pharma and BG Pharma to run their racket," he added.

The police commissioner said the police would also take action against those persons who supplied drugs to the accused and also against the shopkeepers who purchased unbilled drugs from them.