In a joint operation, the Special Task Force (STF) Ludhiana Range team arrested a manager and a ward boy of Simran Hospital and Drug De-addiction Center located near the bus stand here, for illegal supply of narcotic pills. The team discovered a total of 27000 intoxicating tablets and 90,000 drug money from the accused’s possession. According to STF officials, the tapes recovered from the accused read: “Only for supply to de-addiction centers”. However, the defendants sold the alternative opioid substance at the highest price outside of the addiction center.

The accused have been identified as Vedant Kumar (24) resident of Mohalla New Jagatpura in Hoshiarpur and Kamaljeet Singh (30), resident of Mohalla Baba Inder Singh Nagar in Phulanwal.

Inspector Harbans Singh, in-charge, STF Ludhiana Range, said they received a tip-off that the accused was visiting near Krishna Market in Model Town to hand over the contraband. The STF team laid a trap and caught the accused who were traveling on a white scooter. The team recovered 4000 narcotic tablets from the scooter and 90,000 suspected to be drug money. Later, based on the information provided by the two accused, the team raided a house in New Kartar Nagar of Model Town and recovered 23000 narcotic pills from a room.

“During interrogation, the accused admitted that he was involved in illegal supply of band habit forming drugs in collaboration with Hani Goyal of Barnala. “Hani Goyal’s name has been nominated in the FIR and a manhunt has been launched to arrest him,” he said. A case under section 22 and 29 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused at the STF police station in Mohali.

Sharing details Kulwinder Singh, Zonal Licensing Authority (Drugs) said that after the recovery of 27,000 tablets, a team comprising DSP STF Ludhiana Ajay Kumar, Drug Inspector Ludhiana-3 Rupreet Kaur and Civil Hospital Psychiatrist Dr Vivek inspected the hospital. Simran. The de-addiction center near the bus stand revealed that the firm had purchased 36,000 ADNOC-N tablets, but the stock available to the firm was 32,000 tablets. The company failed to produce a record release of 4000 tablets. Therefore, to prevent the misuse of the tablets, the team seized 32000 tablets from the centre. DSP STF Ludhiana, Ajay Kumar said that the investigation is on and the involvement of the owner of the rehab center cannot be ruled out. “It is a matter of investigation whether the owner of the rehab center was involved in the racket or not,” said DSP Ajay Kumar.

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