Bhopal: Drug peddlers of Punjab have found a new market in Bhopal to supply psychotropic drugs to youngsters.
This came to be known during interrogation of a 24-year-old man arrested by Bhopal police from Shahjehanabad locality on Saturday with 150 injections of banned drug including Buprenorphine drug and Pheniramine Maleate (AVIL) of 2 ml each, which were supplied from Chandigarh. The accused was identified as Rahul Malviya, a resident of Chhola Road, Bhopal.
Police suspect that the injections were manufactured in an illegal factory and peddlers have used labels of a reputed company to befool the customers.
Superintendent of police, Bhopal North Arvind Saxena said, “Police were getting information for the past few months that drug peddlers were active in the capital city. A few days ago, police found injections without any label in an abandoned building. When inquired, it came to know that youngsters of a slum area were taking drugs and committing crime under the influence of drugs.Acting on a tip off, police started investigation and arrested Malviya.”
“Police have seized 75 injections and 50 syringes from him. During the interrogation, Malviya told police that drugs were being supplied in Bhopal from Punjab via Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. He was selling drugs to addicts at cost of Rs 250- Rs 500 per injection mainly near Bhopal railway station,” said Saxena.
The injections have labels of a reputed company. When police matched it with original injections, they found that the labels and size of the seized injections were different from the original injections. “We can’t rule out that the drugs are being manufactured in a factory especially for addicts”, he added.
“Malviya is targeting uneducated and slum dwellers to sell the drugs as it is hard for them to detect that it was not an original injection. Malviya told the police that these injections were not available at medical shops in Madhya Pradesh,” said Manish Mishra, an investigating police officer.
Police have sent the injections to a forensic laboratory for testing. Police teams will be sent to Jhansi and Chandigarh to nab the kingpin.
In 2016, HT had highlighted the issue how minor and youngsters are getting addicted of injectable drugs. In the investigation, kids told that they were getting injections easily at some shops near Bhopal railway station.