Panaji, June 18: According to an IANS report, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday refused to say if his government will launch an independent probe into an illegal ketamine manufacturing operation recently busted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in which 100 kgs of illegal ketamine was seized from premises owned by BJP Goa General Secretary Vasudev Parab.
According to media reports, Parrikar was non-committal and skirted the issue, passing the ball into the DRI’s court. He refused to take any further questions pertaining to the alleged involvement of a BJP leader in the manufacture of ketamine.
“The raid is entirely conducted by DRI and mainly, as you are aware, it involves a number of states. So I cannot comment on things which are not in my jurisdiction,” said Parrikar on the illegal unit in the Pissurlem industrial estate, in which more than Rs 25 crore worth of ketamine was being manufactured every month.
At a press conference at the State Secretariat, Parrikar also refused to take more questions on the raid on the unit, which the Congress has alleged was operated by a Bharatiya Janata Party office bearer.
“You can ask DRI because we have no information about it. DRI has powers to take action. They have accordingly taken action,” IANS reported.
In a three-day operation code-named ‘Operation Vitamin’, the DRI last week busted an international drug syndicate, seizing 308 kg ketamine, two tonnes of raw material at various sites in Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat, arresting 10 persons including two from the UK and one from Vietnam.
The central enforcement agency has described it as its biggest ever raid on the ketamine manufacturers in the country.