Will act on Mephedrone racket, says Maharashtra govt

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 12, 2015 18:11 IST

Cracking down on the Mephedrone drug racket, the Maharashtra government has ordered a probe against all officers of the Marine Drive police station. This comes after 124 kg of Mephedrone was found in the residencece and locker of a constable attached to the police station on Monday. The state government also announced that it will be cancelling the licences of Konduskar Travels, after a bus belonging to the travel company was caught with a large consignment of the drug on Monday.

Responding to legislator Jayant Patil’s question in the legislative council, minister of state for home Ranjit Patil confirmed that a bus belonging to Konduskar Travels was found carrying the drug. Patil said, “We will be cancelling the licences of Konduskar Travels and are conducting a probe against them.”On Monday, Konduskar scion Ravindra Konduskar was arrested for his alleged involvement in the seizure of a 405-kg contraband of the drug from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

The government’s promise of action came after the Opposition, through a calling attention motion mooted by Opposition leader Dhananjay Munde, demanded the government take cognisance of the widespread addiction to the drug.

Patil said 124kg of the substance had been recovered from constable Dharma Kalokhe’s Sangli residence and locker room at Marine Drive police station.“We don’t think that a constable alone could be involved in such a racket without the involvement of others in the police force. Hence, we have suspended him and initiated an inquiry,” he said, adding the scope of the probe would be widened.

“We will probe the role of all officers at Marine Drive police station. We will not hesitate to take action against the senior-most officials of the force, if they are found to be involved,” said Patil, adding, “The drug has been entering the state from southern states as well as Rajasthan and even Gujarat.”

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