As a father-son duo from the city, who are charged with supplying banned narcotics, are evading arrest for more than two months, the Punjab Police have decided to attach their properties in Haryana.
The Punjab Police have charged Prithi Singh and his son Pradipt Chaudhary with supplying narcotics, manufactured illegally at their two pharmaceutical units in Karnal city, to Punjab.
In a raid on October 7 and 8, a special investigation team (SIT) of the Patiala police had recovered alleged banned drugs worth Rs 100 crore from Karnal. Despite two arrest warrants, Prithi and Pradipt are on the run since October 7.
Investigating officer (IO), Patiala police, Bikramjit Singh told Hindustan Times that the Punjab Police would soon write to the Haryana revenue department to get details of the property owned of the accused.
"Our investigation has confirmed that the accused are politically well-connected in Haryana. Despite arrest warrants against them, the accused are intentionally evading arrest. We will soon start initiate legal proceedings to attach their properties," said the IO who was instrumental in busting the massive alleged international drug racket and in the arrest of several people in the past few months.
Singh said the accused allegedly indulged in manufacturing drugs, which were banned by the Centre, at their pharmaceutical units.
He said Punjab had zero-tolerance policy against drugs and the accused would be arrested soon.
Following the media reports on recovery of huge cache of illegal drugs, the Haryana food and drug administration department, on October 12, had sealed three pharmaceutical units in Karnal, owned by the accused.
However, the units were unsealed by the department on November 27.
Senior drug inspector Padam Singh Rathee said Pradipt, who is wanted by the Punjab Police, had submitted a written reply to the department about the legitimacy of pharmaceutical units.
"Since there is no criminal case against them in Haryana, the factories were unsealed. In fact the factories were unsealed in the presence of Pradipt. But the licences had been suspended till further orders," said Rathee.
The Punjab Police officer investigating the case said it was a serious matter that the FDA did not share information of being in touch with Pradipt.
"We will contact Rathee and other officials to know details of the accused. Pradipt and his father are facing serious charges and they are not joining the police investigation, which is a grave crime," said the IO.
Chemical analysis report awaited
The investigating officer, Bikramjit Singh, said the chemical analysis report of 180-kg drugs seizure was awaited.
"We expect the reports by the first week of January," he said while denying reports that a luxury car of the accused found from the factory premises in Karnal had been released by the Punjab Police.
"Our team had found drugs in the car also and it is in our custody. Family members and relatives of the accused have submitted several representations to reinvestigate the drug seizure case but all these requests had been turned down. Following legal procedure, we will soon approach the court to declare the accused as proclaimed offenders," said the IO.