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Ketamine case: Cong seeks probe against BJP secretary

Panaji: Alleging that the industrial unit, which was raided for illegally manufacturing ketamine was being operated by a BJP functionary, the Congress on Wednesday demanded an investigation into the entire episode. Congress leaders met director general of police Muktesh Chander and urged him to take action against drug traffickers and those involved in protecting drug dealers.

A day earlier, the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) raided an industrial unit in Pissurlem and seized around a huge consignment of ketamine, a party drug. “We plead with the government to investigate accurately, look into the matter, find the whereabouts of the people involved and take immediate action,” Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco said.

Congress party workers along with Lourenco, Tivim MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar and St.Cruz MLA Tony Fernandes were part of the delegation that met the DGP in his office to submit a memorandum seeking an urgent crackdown on drugs. On Tuesday, as details about the raid began to trickle in, state Congress chief Girish Chodankar said that the owner of the factory was a party member of the BJP and that the BJP was trying to shield him.

“The seizure has clearly exposed his nexus with the drug lobby in the state which has percolated down to the villages from its traditional bastion of the tourism-prone coastline,” Chodankar said.

He also alleged that the incident had exposed the nexus between BJP politicians, police and drug peddlers which was proved by the fact that the DRI had kept the local police officials in the dark about the raid.
“This reflects badly on the state police who have been only making drug peddlers scapegoats, while letting the big dealers continue with their trade of spreading venom,” Chodankar said. [TOI]

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