December 8, 2010 4:13:09 am
The Gujarat Polices Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has swung into action after an alert following the WikiLeaks disclosure that a pharma unit in Ahmedabad is one of the three global targets of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (Let) in India.
WikiLeaks had quoted top secret US cables saying that Generamedix in Gujarat,which manufactures Chemotherapy drugs for cancer patients,was one of the three LeT targets. These were selected to critically impact the public health,economic security,and/or national and homeland security of the United States, WikiLeaks quoted from cables.
In Gujarat,it is Generamedixs Indian partner Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd that manufactures Chemotherapy agents including Florouracil and Methotrexate for the US company. The company is located at Matoda in Ahmedabad.
ATS sources said it is being probed why this particular company was chosen as a target. They said they are also building on some information that a clutch of smaller companies in the state may also be on the terror hit list. Top company officials have been summoned by the ATS tonight to glean more information,they said,adding that several smaller companies providing inputs to Intas for manufacture of these drugs are also being contacted.
The US receives a large quantity of drugs from this company. But we are also looking at information that not only this company,but several others exporting drugs and chemicals to US may also be facing a similar threat, ATS chief Ajay Tomar told The Indian Express. ATS officials said Intas pharmaceuticals was not only one of the US-based Generamedixs largest outsourcing partners in India,but it also markets the products within India. SP ATS G L Singhal said,We are first trying to verify information through our own sources on how true it is. We are also calling in the owners of the company to get more details. There could be a threat to other companies too,but we are first going to deal with this one. We need to look at all details of their business with the US to ascertain why it is the third LeT target in the country.
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