Anand district in Gujarat had its own ‘Udta Punjab’ moment Saturday when local police arrested two persons for illegal possession and sale of 2600 kg opium — the district’s biggest catch of narcotics so far — in Anklav area. The police have seized the opium consignment, which is worth Rs 90.55 lakhs.
The two accused, Hemant Damami and Urvesh Thakkar were arrested from their business premises of Jai Ambe Traders in Krishnaganj near Asodar. The accused, police said, are former licensed opium traders who supplied the drug in controlled quantities to pharmaceutical companies and for other medical uses, as per the procedure. However, the police raided the premises on Saturday after a tip off that the traders were selling the powdered opium for substance abuse in and around the district, after their license was revoked, following a ban on the sale of drug in March 2016.
Superintendent of Anand police, Saurabh Singh said, “They formerly held a license for opium controlled sale in small quantities for medical purposes. However, the sale of drug has been banned in March 2016 and a narcotics inspector had, according to procedure, sealed the drug in possession of the accused. We now received a tip off that they have an illegal stack of the drug that is being sold for abuse.”
The accused have been booked under various sections of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, commonly called NDPS Act.