Drugs worth Rs 270 crore seized from Gujarat factory

Naresh Kumar

Ahmedabad

The officials of Ahmedabad City Crime Branch and Anti-Terrorist Squad on late Thursday night seized about 1,300 kg of chemical ephedrine from a factory in Ahmedabad district. Pegged at Rs 270 crore, this is one of the biggest seizures in the country and biggest in the state till date. The team also arrested a chemist Narendra Kancha from the factory on Naroda-Dehgam highway near Kanbha in Ahmedabad, even as it began its hunt for Kishoresinh Rathod, son of a former North Gujarat Congress MLA Bhavsinh Rathod, and Mumbai-based Jay Mukhi.A team of the crime branch has been dispatched to Maharashtra to identify the kingpin behind the racket.The police claimed that chemist Kancha hired the factory premises as a drug storage on rent and that he had come in contact with Kishoresinh Rathod a couple of years ago. Kishoresinh and Jay Mukhi had been “in touch” with a drug mafia of Poland, whom they had met in Dubai and would probably facilitate the transfer of the processed ephedrine to Europe for consumption as a party drug.

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