Mumbai: Three arrested, raw materials for chemical toddy seized

Mumbai: Police has seized over 2,000 kg of banned substances used for making `chemical’ or synthetic toddy from suburban Goregaon and arrested three persons, a senior official said on Thursday. Inspector Daya Nayak, attached to Khar police station, had got a tip-off that chloral hydrate, a banned substance, had been stored at a godown in Aarey Colony area, the official said.

A police team conducted a raid and seized 78 sacks containing 2,184 kg of the banned drug, the official said. Buniyad Ansari (51), the godown owner, allegedly told police that the goods belonged to Venkayya Karbuja (48). Police searched Karbuja’s house in Aarey Colony and recovered another two sacks containing 56 kg of chloral hydrate, the official said.

Police also seized ammonium sulfate (14 kg), sodium saccharin and citric acid (45 kg) and 35 liters of toddy, he said, adding that all these materials are used in making chemical toddy. The total value of the seized materials was Rs 45,34,300, he said. Ansari, Karbuja and Rajendra Bhusrupu (28) who was allegedly present when police raided Karbuja’s house, were arrested under relevant provisions of the IPC.

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