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Drug authorities seal two godowns after owner flees

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, June 06, 2014
First Published: 16:49 IST(6/6/2014) | Last Updated: 16:57 IST(6/6/2014)

The district drug department on Thursday sealed two unlicensed godowns after their owner fled from the spot in the presence of a police team, which failed to act allegedly under pressure from a BJP leader.

The drug authorities alleged that after sealing the godowns, the police were indifferent to their officials when they were asked to guard the godowns.

Gurbinder Singh, zonal licensing authority, said a team led by him, including drug inspectors Kamal Kamboj and Sandeep Kaushik, reached Wadhwa Agency in Gopal Nagar after receiving information that medicines which could be misused were stored there.

Singh said the team reached the godowns at 12 am and called up the agency owner, Rakesh Kumar, and a police party. When asked to open the locks of the godowns, Kumar said the keys were at his home. However, when sent to bring the keys, Kumar never returned. It was then decided to seal both the godowns as the of ficials could not enter in the owner’s absence. Two policemen were deputed outside to ensure no one enters inside.

According to Singh, the police party led by assistant sub-inspector Mangat Ram was present at the spot but the latter hesitated in signing the documents. Ram refuted the allegations and claimed he was not present when Kumar fled.

Police commissioner Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh said if the drug authorities had kept them in the loop, sufficient staff and senior police of ficials would have been deputed.

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