Ganja crackdown continues: IT raids at godowns, cops arrest 529 persons

After a 13-year old kid was hospitalised consuming chocolates that were mixed with ganja, the city has seen some action. Around 529 persons were arrested here in connection with the sales of ganja

Meanwhile, the income tax investigation department on Friday began raids on more than 22 shops and godowns of tobacco product traders in the city and Andhra Pradesh. The raids were launched after officials were informed that the traders had evaded tax to the extent of more
than 100 crore.

“Fourteen cases have been filed in connection with sale of ganja, 137 for selling maava and 357 for selling Hans,” sources said, adding that legal action has been initiated against all the arrested. “The crackdown will continue,” they further said.

The 13-year-old boy who last week took ill after eating a sweet from the shop has been weaned off life support system at the Institute of Child Health in Egmore but is being closely monitored.

As the case is reported from the constituency represented by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, a series of meetings and discussions was held by State top health officials on Monday to look into the case and also track the trail of narco-chocolates landing in Chennai.

Though Tamil Nadu like other states has banned the sale of pan masala and gutka in 2013, the products are easily available across Chennai city and in other districts.