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Maharashtra Dy CM Fadnavis vows strict action against drug trade on Instagram

Devendra Fadnavis. File Image

Reacting to the startling improve in drug-related exercise on Instagram, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis mentioned on Tuesday that the well-known social media website has turn into a drug market.

Within the state legislative council right here through the present winter session, Fadnavis, who additionally holds the house portfolio, acknowledged that medicine have been additionally being offered by means of the darkish web—an encrypted portion of the Web inaccessible by means of serps.

“Instagram has emerged as the drug marketplace where orders are being placed, payments are made through GPay and UPI and deliveries are being done,” he acknowledged.

Fadnavis acknowledged that decisive motion is being taken on this regard in response to questions posed by lawmakers Mahadev Jankar, Sachin Ahir, Anil Parab, and others.

With a view to cease the drug commerce, he added, courier corporations have been urged to rigorously study packages, and shock technologically superior checks are being carried out at courier workplaces.

Ahir introduced up the case of drug trafficker Lalit Patil and the dismissal of Sanjiv Thakur from the Sassoon Hospital deanship in Pune.

Fadnavis promised that after a complete investigation, the fitting steps can be taken.

Patil emerged because the kingpin of a drug racket that was not too long ago busted by the Sakinaka police in Mumbai in a two-month-long operation, which included the seizure of mephedrone value about Rs 300 crore and a raid at a drug manufacturing unit in Nashik.

The case took a brand new flip after Patil, who was in Pune�s Yerawada jail over his position in one other drug case however was admitted to government-run Sassoon Hospital in that metropolis, escaped on October 2 whereas being taken for X-ray imaging. He was arrested in Karnataka two weeks later.

Fadnavis additionally mentioned the federal government has initiated motion towards 172 Nigerians concerned in drug-related offenses. A detention centre has been established for Nigerian nationals engaged in such offences, he mentioned.

The deputy CM additional mentioned 2,369 suspicious ‘paan’ retailers situated within the neighborhood of colleges and schools in Mumbai have been eliminated.

The federal government has additionally seized 38,000 e-cigarettes and crackdown on hookah parlours is underway, he mentioned.

Chief of opposition within the council Ambadas Danve of the Shiv Sena (UBT) raised the problem of unlawful drug items working in industries and factories which have been shut.

Fadnavis acknowledged Danve’s info and mentioned such closed industries have been underneath an intensive scrutiny.

Manufacturing of MD drug entails the usage of numerous chemical compounds, the deputy CM added.

His statements got here within the backdrop of seizure of mephedrone value Rs 325 crore in adjoining Raigad district previously 4 days, a police official mentioned on Monday.

Following the seizure of mephedrone value Rs 107.3 crore on Friday (December 8), observe up motion led to confiscation of one other 174.5 kilograms of the artificial stimulant drug value Rs 218 crore, the official mentioned.

Friday’s raid was held in a manufacturing unit in Khopoli’s Dheku village, resulting in the arrest of three individuals.

Replying to a question from Danve, the house minister mentioned within the decrease home on Tuesday that drug kingpin Patil had spent seven months within the hospital after being arrested.

“From 2020 onwards, whenever he was arrested, he was admitted to the hospital. Looking at his list of health issues, one might assume he couldn’t even walk. Nevertheless, he escaped from the hospital,” Fadnavis mentioned.

He assured strict motion towards Thakur, the ousted dean of Sassoon Hospital from the place Patil had escaped.

(with inputs from PTI)



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