Two men were arrested in Coimbatore on Thursday for selling drugs without prescription or and possessing drugs prohibited under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Madanavel (42) of Niva Medicals in Kuniyamuthur, and Subramani (52) of JS Pharma in Ganapathy, were picked up by the police on Thursday evening based on a tip off. According to police, they were arrested after police acted on information that they were selling these drugs to college students at higher prices without proper prescription.
The police also seized around 10,000 tablets of the drugs after the arrest. While Madanavel is accused of selling drugs without prescription, Subramani has been arrested for possession and sale of drugs prohibited under section 22A (imprisonment of up to six months and fine up to Rs 10,000 for possession of small quantity substances in contravention of the Act) of the NDPS Act. The drugs seized by the police include Nitrazevam tablets, Nitromec, Prazil and Alzek tablets.
Speaking to TNM on the arrests, a police officer at Saravanamapatti police station said that investigation is underway regarding Subramani. A case has been filed under sections 387 (Putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion), 506(1) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and 22A of the NDPS act. While Subramani has been remanded to judicial custody, Madanavel has been granted station bail.
This is not the first case of arrests for selling prescription drugs unscrupulously in the city. In July, the police arrested four men for supplying opioids to drug users in the city. The gang used to procure these drugs from medical shops for cheap rates and sell them at a higher rate to the users.
Deputy commissioner of police, Dr L Balaji Saravanan had recently spoken to TNM about the fact of many adolescents falling prey to such rackets. He had urged parents to keep a watch on their children to prevent such instances from happening.