Mumbai: The directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), Ahmedabad, arrested Abhijeet Konduskar, managing director of Kamud Drugs and two employees of an export firm on Saturday for drugs trafficking. Konduskar was on bail in a Mumbai DRI case of drugs trafficking when he committed the second offence.
Konduskar, Sujal Patel, owner of Anshanu Exports, and his manager Babu Sharma have been remanded in judicial custody. Officials said the goods declared by Anshanu Exports as food items contained six kg of Ketamine, a party drug, and 37 kg Methamphetamine. Officials seized 431 kg of another stimulant drug and 81 kg of Ketamine from Kamud's Sangli premises.
On December 6, TOI was the first to report that the Ahmedabad DRI was investigating Konduskar. Officials said that Anshanu had declared 43 packages to the US and another 24 to UK containing food items for export by air. "Some packets carried the labels of Kamud Drugs and in the tests it was found to contain Ketamine," an official said.
Some of the other packets contained Methamphetamine. Patel told the officials that he had procured the chemicals from Kamud Drugs. From Anshanu Exports, officials seized some other chemicals, including those, used in the manufacture of Viagra.
In the first case, the DRI had seized 1,021 kg illegally manufactured Ketamine valued at Rs 102 crore in the international market, another chemical Mephedrone and Rs 1 crore in cash during a raid at the Kamud factory and other premises in June. A DRI official said the company had a licence to produce Ketamine, but Konduskar had increased the production to supply overseas buyers.
While the government controls the manufacture of Ketamine, which is a party drug, Mephedrone is not banned in India but forbidden in other countries.
C Unnikrishnan, TNN | Dec 20, 2011, 03.37AM IST