The Crime Branch apprehended three persons for manufacturing and supplying spurious drugs and recovered 10 cartons of medicines during a raid on a factory in Mohali this week. Police registered a case under sections of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act as well as under sections 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery) of the IPC.
Police on Monday received secret information that one Manoj (43) was dealing in spurious drugs and had stored the medicines in a godown in Paharganj from where he would be supplying it to a buyer. Police then arrested Manoj. Two officers were deputed by the Drug Department of the Crime Branch to raid the godown.
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According to police, three cartoons of Zerodol-SP tablets, two cartons of Pantop-D capsules and five cartons of Pantop-DSR stocked with spurious drugs were seized from the godown.
“Manoj revealed that his associates were manufacturing the spurious drugs at a factory in Mohali. We conducted raids and seized 10 cartons of spurious drugs. Manoj’s associates Amit Dua (37) and Gulab Singh (36) were arrested from the factory premises on Wednesday,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.
According to police, Amit’s father owned a pharmaceuticals factory in Bahadurgarh, Haryana. Manoj used to work in this factory. Amit, who studied up to class VIII, took to odd jobs after dropping out of school and soon began manufacturing spurious drugs in Lucknow. In 2005, he along with Manoj and one Satish were arrested for manufacturing and supplying spurious drugs but they were released soon after.
Police said Manoj and Amit then came in contact with one Manoj Topi and began jointly manufacturing the drugs. Topi’s brother-in-law Gulab Singh took over after Topi was arrested.