The Punjab health department on Wednesday swooped down on chemist shops near National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala and found three shops selling banned steroids without prescription.
The raids were ordered by Punjab health minister Mr Satpal Gosian after the reports of these shops selling steroids to the players getting training in NIS. It may be mentioned that eight national athletes who got training in NIS failed in doping test.
The raids were conducted on 11 shops and steroids were found in three shops where as records of other shops was not found in order. The minister has ordered the immediate cancellation license of erring shops and registration of criminal case against them. The minister said that Punjab government was determined to act strongly against the miscreants.
The official spokesman said that the health minister today took a serious note on the issue of selling banned steroids at some chemist shops in Patiala.
He said that the health minister ordered the civil surgeon Patiala to conduct raids at the chemist shops in the city. Civil surgeon constituted teams of drug inspectors which swooped down the medical stores located especially in the surrounding area of NIS Patiala.