After the seizure of large quantity of pseudoephedrine powder on the premises of a pharma company in Baddi on Friday, a team of officials of Himachal drug department on Saturday raided the factory premises to ascertain the lawful use of the substance by the management.
Notably, a team of Patiala police had raided the complex in the presence of the company's owner JS Chahal, arrested in connection with running a drug racket in association with suspended Punjab Police DSP Jagdish Bhola, and had recovered six quintal of pseudoephedrine substance. It was estimated the cost of the seized substance was around `600 crore in international market. Besides, recovery of pseudoephedrine powder, the Punjab Police had also taken the records of the company in their possession.
Pseudoephedrine was normally used in manufacturing of cough syrup and related medicine to treat the cold related infections in human body.
Reliable sources in department revealed that it was apprehended that the accused persons were using the pseudoephedrine in preparing the 'white ice” - a drug that was being sold at higher price in various countries by Jagdish Bhola and his accomplices.
“Shortly after receiving the information, I have constituted a special team headed by drug inspector to investigate the issue,” said drug controller Navneet Marwah.
He said since company has valid licence to procure, stock and use the substance, but after the seizure by Punjab Police, thorough investigations would be carried out to ascertain that whether the substance was being used to manufacture the medicines or supplied to drug mafia.
Meanwhile, the cops of Patiala Police, led by assistant sub-inspector Surjeet Singh, on Saturday again made a thorough search of the company and suspected places at Baddi.
Sources revealed that since Punjab Police had recovered the pseudoephedrine powder on the revelations of JS Chahal, the suspected misuse of the chemical in manufacturing drug and related substance has once again brought the role of drug officials of Himahcal drug department under scanner.
Since the seized substance could only be stored in lawfully identified and constructed store, but in Montech Pharma Company's case, pseudoephedrine powder was stored in two rooms by the factory management in violation of law, raising finger on Baddi drug department officials. The factory is situated at Bhatoli-Kalan village near Baddi.
Marwah said that besides ascertaining the lawful procurement of the substance, the team members have also been asked to investigate that whether the pseudoephedrine powder was used by the company management in accordance with the law in the past. Besides, Montec Pharma, the government has granted the license to use pseudoephedrine powder to MPB pharmaceutical at Barotiwala.