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Drug case suspect held

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Arrested soon after he arrived from New Delhi by flight

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analysis: Officials inspect the drugs seized from a pharmacy in Puzhuthivakkam, on Thursday. —

CHENNAI: The Chennai Police arrested Pradeep Chordia, one of the prime suspects in the expired drugs case. The accused was apprehended soon after he arrived from New Delhi by a scheduled flight early on Thursday, police sources said.

Special teams investigating the case conducted raids at four pharmacy stores in the Arumbakkam and Purasawalkam areas and seized large quantities of time-barred drugs.

One Sekar, alleged to have worked as an agent, surrendered in a city court. Investigators took custody of Ravi and Venkatesan of Ezhil Nagar in Kodungaiyur for interrogation on Thursday. The two had surrendered in a court on Tuesday, the sources added.

Raid on pharmacy

in Madipakkam

Medicines, cosmetics and chocolates among other items that were kept well beyond their expiry date were seized from a pharmacy store in Madipakkam on Thursday morning.

Sources said the Chennai Suburban Police received information about a pharmacy store stocking and selling medicines whose expiry date were over. Along with officials from the Drug Control Administration, (Zone IV), Madipakkam police raided the store — Sivagami Medicals on Ponni Amman Koil Street in Puzhuthivakkam.

They seized the items, many of them life saving medicines, totally worth Rs.1 lakh. The quantity of the items, on the shelves, well past their expiry date was large and had to be taken away in four cartons and gunny bags.

Madipakkam police have arrested Vijaya Ganapathy (32), salesman at the store and are on the lookout for the store owner, Muthulakshmi (40) and her husband Narayanan (45), who are at large. Investigations are still on, police said, adding some of the medicines and other items' expiry date was 2008.

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