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Unlicensed injections seized, two held

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NEW DELHI, OCT. 15. Three persons, including a wholesale medicine shop owner, have been arrested by the Narcotics and Crime Prevention Cell of the Delhi police for allegedly selling narcotic injections whose expiry dates had passed. The use of such injections could have proved highly dangerous for the drug users.

The Narcotics Cell had been following the movements of two persons who were active in the illegal trade of narcotic injections. Following a tip-off, the police arrested the two -- identified as Surender Kumar (30) and Mahesh Singh (24) -- when they reached near Presentation Convent School on Subhash Marg in Old Delhi on October 13. The police recovered two cartons carrying a large number of injections from them. While one of the cartons contained 3,950 injections of Norphine, the other contained 2,325 injections of Tidigesic. The police said the injections carry Buprenorphine salt which is a controlled item and cannot be sold without licence and prescription from a doctor. More over, the expiry dates of the injections recovered had passed and could have even proved lethal if used.

At the instance of the two accused, the police also traced Vijay Kumar Mittal, the owner of Mittal Medical Agency, located at Bhagirath Place in Old Delhi, and arrested him. He had charged Rs. 20,000 from the two accused for the consignment. They, in turn, used to charge Rs. 20 or more from every individual using these injections.

Investigations also revealed that these injections were meant to be sold in areas like Baljit Nagar and Nangloi in West Delhi and Mongolpuri in North-West Delhi. Surender and Mahesh worked in different shops at Bhagirath Place and after becoming friends began indulging in illegal sale of controlled drugs in connivance with shop owners.

The police are now trying to find out as to how many times such consignments have already been sold. Further investigations in the case are on.

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