Two held over Gujarat drugs seizure

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Ahmedabad, June 23 (IANS) The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Gujarat Police on Thursday brought two accused from Mumbai on transit remand in a case of drugs seizure worth Rs 270 crore.

Ephedrine is the raw material for preparing a party drug. Some two months back, over 1,300 kg of the substance was seized from a factory here where they were stored.

The alleged kingpin of the racket, Kishore Rathod, is still absconding. He is the son of former Gujarat MLA, Bhavsinh Rathod.

ATS Police Inspector M.S. Thaker said Manoj Tejram Jain, 45, was picked up from Mumbai while Jay alias Jay Mukhi, 40, of Vadodara who lived in Mumbai, was arrested from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

They were booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

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“They were handed over to us on a transit warrant,” Thaker said.

Two others linked to the case have already been arrested. It is suspected that another suspect may have fled abroad via Nepal.

The Ephedrine, seized by ATS and Crime Branch, was bought from a pharmaceutical factory at Solapur in Maharashtra to be converted into party drugs like Glass, ICE and TINA.

The party drugs were to be smuggled to Amsterdam, Poland and other places and supplied to various parts of India as well.



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