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Delhi cops bust ‘teen drug’ racket, over 20,000 tubes of chemical seized

The solution, locally known as “sulochen”, was largely sold to teenagers who abused it as a drug. Police officials say the solution is the most commonly abused drug among city’s homeless children, many of whom take to petty crimes.

delhi Updated: Dec 18, 2017 11:14 IST
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Hindustan Times
Delhi drugs,Teen drug,Sulochen drug
Dozens of cartons of he chemical worth Rs 4.15 lakh were seized from Raj Kumar Gupta’s shop at SP Mukherjee Marg. (Photo: Sourced)

A man who allegedly pilfered an adhesive solution and illegally sold it to minors was arrested by the police last week. The solution, locally known as “sulochen”, was largely sold to teenagers who abused it as a drug, officials said. Nearly 20,000 tubes of the chemical worth ₹4.15 lakh have been allegedly seized from his possession.

Eight others, including four minors, have also been held as part of city police’s investigation into the case, officials said.

Police officials say the solution is the most commonly abused drug among city’s homeless children, many of whom take to petty crimes.

Raj Kumar Gupta, who runs a spare parts shop at SP Mukherjee Marg in central Delhi, allegedly pilfered the stocks of adhesive and sold it at a higher price to children through an illegal supply network.

Police said they have booked the arrested men and apprehended juveniles under the amended section 77 of the Juvenile Justice Act which makes it an offence against a child, if a person is found to have been giving a minor any intoxicant.

A senior police officer said that the first clue about the pilferage network came from the case of a minor boy who was caught stealing on a bus on December 7. A man brought a child to Daryaganj police station and stated that the 13-year-old, who appeared to be drugged, was attempting to pick pockets.

“The boy told us that he bought the solution from one Noor Mohammad who sells them to children on the pavement near the Red Fort traffic signal. On the basis of the location provided by the child, we laid a trap and arrested Noor Mohammad. A total of 120 tubes were seized from his possession,” DCP(central), MS Randhawa, said.

Based on information given by Noor Mohammad during his questioning, four juveniles were apprehended with 20 tubes of solution each. Other than the minors, three adults — Chandan Kumar, Jagdish and Sameer — were also caught with 20 tubes each last week, police said.

“All of them were put under interrogation and the supply source for all was traced to a shop in Mukherjee Marg near Old Delhi Railway Station. We arrested Gupta, the owner of that shop. We seized 19,440 tubes of solution after a raid at the shop and warehouse,” said additional deputy commissioner of police Anto Alphonse.

Alphonse said Gupta has been involved in selling the adhesive for the past ten years. Upon realising that there was more profit if he sold the adhesive to minors, Gupta focused his attention on the children. “We have written to his wholesale suppliers about his past bulk procurements (of the adhesive) to establish how long he had been illegally selling the solution to children,” said Alphonse.

Another police officer said the gang used to sell the tubes for ₹80-90 while Gupta bought the tube for ₹30.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 11:13 IST