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Drug officials wake up to act against local trader

Jatinder Kohli  Jalandhar, October 25, 2013
First Published: 21:24 IST(25/10/2013) | Last Updated: 21:26 IST(25/10/2013)

Arrested for being involved in the Rs. 100-crore drugs haul case of Karnal (Haryana) unearthed this month, a local businessman will now be prosecuted for cases registered against him in the past. The state drug controlling authorities had been sitting on the case files for the past two years.

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The local drug authority, on October 23, received the nod of Punjab State Drug Controlling Authority to prosecute Kamal Rai Chawla, owner of city-based Pratham Medicos, for storing intoxicant and allopathic medicines at his godown, which were seized in July 2011 and December 2012.

On July 16, 2011, the local drug authorities had raided shop number 9 in P&R complex at Dilkusha Market, which belonged to Chawla, and had recovered 24 kinds of medicines, including some intoxicants.

The team had also seized “physician samples” from his shop, which he was not authorised to sell. To this, Chawla had submitted an argument that he had to distribute them at a charitable function, but failed to produce any document to support it. He also failed to produce bills and records of these medicines.

On the same day, the team had also seized 22 boxes of allopathic medicines, which were kept at shop number 24 and 25 of the complex, a godown that belonged to Chawla.

Sources said Chawla had stored these medicines without a licence, for which he had applied but was yet to receive it.

On November 16, 2012, drug inspectors had raided various shops, including number 9, at P&R and had seized intoxicant drugs.

The Patiala police had arrested Chawla, along with four others, in Karnal recently after they raided a factory in Karnal district of Haryana and recovered banned synthetic drugs - parvon forte, parvon spas, proxyon, spasmocip plus drugs - made from dextro-propo-xyphene hydrochloride, a banned salt in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985.

Sources said it was after the Patiala police arrested Chawla that the local drug authorities woke up to take action against him in the cases pending against him with the state authorities.

On a visit to Dilkusha Market, HT team found the shop number 9 closed.

Confirming the development, district drug controller (additional charge) Amarjeet Singh said: “On Monday, the authorities will start legal proceedings against Chawla in a local court.”

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