Drugs Raid: In India, parents arrested if kid caught driving without license, but Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab not arrested even after 100 kg of date rape drug Ketamine worth Rs 5 crore seized from his own factory says Goa Congress

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The war of words between the Goa Congress and the BJP took an ugly turn today, after the DRI seized the dreaded ‘date rape drug’ ketamine from a factory owned by senior BJP leader and Goa BJP General Secretary Vasudev Parab on Tuesday. (Read Here)

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”.

Vasudev Parab is one of the BJP’s oldest, most influential and senior-most workers in Goa.  He is the General Secretary of the Goa BJP.

Speaking to IndiaScoops.com, a senior Goa Congress leader said:

In India if a kid is caught driving without a license, it’s parents are promptly arrested and fined. But here the DRI seizes 100 kg of the dreaded ‘date rape drug’ ketamine valued at Rs 5 crore from the factory owned by BJP leader Vasudev Parab, but he is not arrested and only innocent loaders are taken into custody by the DRI. This was a pan-India illegal narcotics manufacturing chain. Yet the owners are not arrested because they are senior BJP leaders and only scapegoats taken into custody.

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.

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

There was a huge hush up operation and several calls from top BJP leaders from Delhi were made to the DRI officials not to arrest Parab or his family members. The DRI officials did not allow media to enter the premises. No proper information or official statement was released to the media by the DRI which went out of its way to protect the BJP leader’s identity. The entire Goa raid would have been hushed up if we did not contact the media in time. It was only after the media reached the venue with their cameras, that the DRI decided to impound the drugs and take action, the Congress leader said.

Parab has denied any knowledge of the existence of the drugs in his factory and claims he does not know how it got there. 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.

Also Read: BJP and Congress leaders trade charges over seizure of 100 kg of ‘date rape drug’ ketamine at Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s factory

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)

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