BJP and Congress leaders trade charges over ‘date rape drug’ ketamine seizure at Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s factory

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Panaji, June 12:  According to an IANS report, and a media release sent out by the Goa Congress, a raid by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials on an industrial unit in North Goa’s Bicholim sub-district in the wee hours of Tuesday and confiscation of ketamine, a banned party drug, has triggered a war of words between the Congress and the ruling BJP in Goa.

The Congress alleged that the industrial unit, which was raided for illegal manufacture of ketamine, is operated by a state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionary Vasudev Parab, but the BJP rejected the allegation, calling it “foolish and baseless”.

Also Read: DRI busts Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s factory illegally manufacturing Date Rape drug Ketamine

Vasudev Parab is one of the BJP’s oldest, most influential and senior-most workers in Goa. The raids were part of an inter-state operation covering Delhi, Mumbai and Goa (Read Here), after specific intelligence was obtained by the DRI. In Mumbai, at Panvel another factory by the name of Jai Vijay Industries was also raided by the DRI and several banned drugs seized. The value of the raw ketamine seized is approximately Rs 4-4.5 crore.

The Goa raids were part of a pan-India operation named “Operation Vitamin”,  where four illicit Ketamine manufacturing facilities were dismantled in Goa, Vadodara, Panvel and Raigad. The raids were part of an inter-state operation covering Delhi, Mumbai and Goa (Read Here), after specific intelligence was obtained by the DRI. In Mumbai, at Panvel another factory by the name of Jai Vijay Industries was also raided by the DRI and several banned drugs seized. The value of the raw ketamine seized at Goa  is approximately Rs 4-4.5 crore and the national wide raids yielded drugs worth nearly Rs 30 crore. (Read Here)

“The factory owner is one of the leading figures in BJP and is influential in the area, due to the support he has been getting from his mentors in Panaji.

Also Read: Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s factory raided as drugs worth Rs 35 crore seized as inter-state racket in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa

“The seizure has clearly exposed his nexus with the drug lobby in the state, which has percolated down to the villages from its traditional bastion of tourist-frequented coastline,” state Congress chief Girish Chodankar alleged in a statement issued late on Tuesday.

Chodankar said the BJP-led coalition government in Goa has never been keen on cracking down on the drug menace in the coastal state.

The DRI officials have been tight-lipped about the Tuesday’s raid, which lasted several hours.

The BJP, however, in a strong rebuttal called the allegations made by Chodankar as “foolish and baseless”.

“That is a ridiculous statement by Congress party. Neither BJP nor its officials are involved in such activity. The Congress is in the habit of making such scandalous and unsubstantiated allegations. It is foolish and baseless,” BJP’s South Goa MP Narendra Savoikar told reporters.


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