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26 March 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: Under the influence of psychotropic substances, snatchers across Twin City were becoming increasingly daring to strike unsuspecting victims in broad daylight. However, Commissionerate Police has brought this menace to a temporary halt as a big source of these substances was busted on Monday and 25,000 bottles of Cough Syrup was seized.

It might be hard to believe, but indirectly cough syrup is the reason behind the increasing number of crime cases in Twin City Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Commissioner of Police Satyajit Mohanty said, "Based on the confessions of some arrested persons, we raided several places and seized 25,000 bottles of Cough Syrup. This medicine, that requires a license, was being illegally traded and stored in many places. Cough syrup has a constituent called Codeine which is psychotropic in nature."

"This was being consumed by miscreants who were involved in snatching crimes," he added.

The cops have also arrested four persons on Monday who were involved in illegal selling of the substance and a case under the NDPS act has been registered against them. Following this, Commissionerate Police has increased its focus on movement of Cough Syrup and brown sugar. Medical shops keeping these medicines without license are also under the scanner, concluded Mohanty.

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Satyajit Mohanty, Commissioner of Police, BBSR-Cuttack