Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: A special police team on Friday seized banned drugs from a medical shop in Tondiarpet.

Vijay Vinayakar Medical Shop was raided after a routine inspection made by a drug inspector revealed that it stocked banned drugs.

The raid, conducted by Joint Commissioner of Police (North) M. Ravi’s special team, found that the shop had a large stock of ketamine and other varieties of tranquillisers banned under Schedule H of Drugs and Cosmetics Act (D&C Act, 1940). The shop-owner was unable to provide any explanation for stocking them.

A total of 1000 tablets were seized.

The drugs should be sold only against doctor’s prescriptions and the shopkeeper must place a seal and stamp on the prescription to prevent the buyer from presenting it in another shop.

Police said the victims were generally share-autorickshaw drivers in the area. Though many persons in the area were affected,. they were too scared to provide information.

Among the statements recorded were that of Suresh (23) whose wife left him because he was a drug addict. Another youth Kalaivanan (20) was caught when he came to the shop to buy the banned drugs.

Police said the drugs are so powerful that they keep the user on a high for seven to eight hours. Kalaivanan was in the habit of buying the drug before the effect of the first dose waned, police said.

Police have handed over the shop-owner Vijayalakshmi Sundaravadivel Pandian to the drug inspector.

The licence to run the shop has been obtained by one Venugopal.