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

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PANAJI:  According to media reports, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 100 kg of the banned party drug ketamine also known as the date rape drug, being manufactured illegally at a factory Vijay Industries in Goa, a senior police official said. 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.

Goa opposition parties and local media reports from the State have claimed that the factory is owned by a senior BJP functionary Vasudev Parab and attempts were made by senior BJP leaders to hush up the matter. So secret was the DRI operation that the local police and ANC (anti-narcotics cell) was kept in the dark about the raid, fearing a tip-off. Sources claimed that the manufacturing has been going on for a long time now and the illegal drug was exported  to Canada, the US and other African countries (Read Here).

According to a report in local Goa newspaper Herald, the factory belongs to Vasudev Parab general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) North Goa.  Vasudev Parab is one of the BJP’s oldest, most influential and senior-most workers in Goa.

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However the DRI was conducting the raids at several places in Maharashtra and Goa and the manufacturing and distribution of the ketamine and other hard drugs was part of an international racket.

According to an NDTV report, the seized drug is estimated to be valued around Rs. 4.5-5 crore, police said, adding factory officials were being questioned. Revenue intelligence officials conducted a raid at the factory in Pissurlem Industrial Estate, located 60 km from Panaji in Sattari taluka of North Goa district, on Monday night which continued in the early hours on Tuesday and seized the drug, the police official who accompanied the raiding party, told PTI.

“The factory, originally having license to manufacture steel products, was producing ketamine illegally. During the raid, 100 kg of ketamine was found illegally being manufactured in the premises. The factory owner was questioned by revenue intelligence sleuths,” he said. 

According to media reports and ‘press releases’ sent by opposition parties, the factory was owned and run by a top BJP functionary Vasudev Parab and several attempts were made to hush up the matter. 

Knowing the importance of the operation, the DRI did not even inform the local police or the local Anti Narcotics cell fearing a tip off. 

However, no arrests were made in the Goa raid as of Tuesday, under pressure from local politicians, claimed a senior Congress leader, adding that great pressure was brought upon the raiding DRI team including calls from senior Delhi politicians to let go of the workers caught red-handed at the factory. Later on three youth who were loaders in the factory residing at Calangute were taken into custody, but Parab was let go.

Two senior BJP politicians from Delhi made several calls to senior DRI officials in Mumbai as well as the raiding team in Goa to hush up the matter, claiming that it was for legal purpose and the factory had the required licenses. But the owners were not able to produce any paperwork to prove the presence of a huge amount of ketamine on the premises, DRI officials claimed.

Opposition parties had to rush to the media and make several calls all over to ensure that the Goa raid was not hushed up and “settled”. It is only after media persons landed at the illegal factory at Pissurlem Industrial Estate, located 60 km from Panaji in Sattari taluka of North Goa district, that DRI officials began to act.

According to the Herald report, he intelligence team interrogated almost 10 people, including Parab, the owner of Vijay Industries, his friends, family members and three youth from Calangute. The Calangute youth were taken into custody by the team on Tuesday morning.  When contacted by Herald, Parab denied having anything to do with the ketamine found in the factory premises.

According to sources, the raiding team did not take the local police into confidence during the raid.  After the raid, on Tuesday morning, the Revenue Intelligence team called a Valpoi police official and in his presence sealed the main gate of the factory.

When local media persons attempted to contact the SP Revenue Intelligence team (DRI), he refused to comment on the raid and also didn’t allow media persons to click pictures.

Further details of the raid were not yet known. Confirming the action, the Goa state Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) officiating director Medha Desai said, “We had no role to play in the raid as we were not informed about it. Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence conducted the search.” Desai confirmed that the local FDA was kept completely in the dark regarding the raid.

Desai said usually such manufacturing industries require permission from the FDA.

Ketamine is an anaesthetic agent that it often misused as a recreational party drug.

Classified as a psychotropic substance under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, it is used to induce loss of consciousness.

It is used by some people to have a ‘hallucinogenic high’ in place of other narcotics, hence the state police has been keeping a strict watch on its sale in the coastal belt.

Senior Goa BJP functionary Vasudev Parab is now under the scanner of law enforcement authorities after a huge quantity of ketamine was seized from his factory owned and operated by him at Pissurlem industrial Estate, claimed local media reports.

Directorate of Intelligence carried out extensive search at Vijay Industries during which 100 kg of ketamine has been found. The searches continued during entire night before sealing the factory at 8 a.m. today.

Though there are no formal statement issued by the agency, eye witnesses confirmed that the search continued during the entire night on Monday and Tuesday. The factory is originally into the manufacturing of grills and similar items including repair and welding work and has no license for manufacture or storage of any chemical items, leave aside narcotic drugs.

Vasudev Parab was not available for comment, in spite of several attempts by IndiaScoops.com to contact him. Goa BJP officials refused to comment on the grounds that the raids and seizure did not concern the party.

(This is an updating story. Changes and corrections will be made as reports come in…)

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