Pune: Shiv Sena Demands Swift Action: Calls for Suspension of MPCB Officer in Pune Drug Case

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Pune, 24th February 2024: In the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Kurkumbh, police discovered a significant stock of drugs estimated to be worth thousands of crores. The investigation is now delving into the creation of these alleged drug factories and inspecting the companies operating in the area. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Corporation (MPCB) is actively involved in scrutinizing these businesses.

Sanjay More, the City Chief of Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray Party, has called for swift action in response to the situation. He has demanded the immediate suspension of the responsible Regional Officer of the MPCB and has urged the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra to intervene. Additionally, More is advocating for police action against pubs and hookah parlours in the city. The ongoing investigation aims to uncover the details surrounding the drug stock and its connection to the businesses in the MIDC area.

In a press conference held on Friday, the party represented by Mayor Gajanan Tharkude expressed concern over the government’s handling of the drug case, putting the administration on edge. Sanjay More commended the Pune Police Force for their proactive stance in addressing the issue. He remarked that while Pune has long been known for its educational institutions, it is disheartening to see the city gaining an international reputation as a hub for MD drugs.

More questioned the role of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), suggesting that the board should be well-informed about the nature of production in MIDC factories. He raised concerns about the lack of awareness among regional officers of MPCB regarding large-scale drug manufacturing and called for immediate action. More criticized the state government for what he perceives as incompetence, attributing the loss of employment opportunities to the government’s failure. He expressed distress that instead of providing jobs, the youth in the state are falling prey to the drug trade.

Despite the widespread sale of gutka in the city, it appears to be overlooked. Sanjay More emphasizes that action should be taken against pubs and hookah parlours where drugs are easily accessible, addressing what he sees as a significant issue in the city. He points out ongoing malpractices and asserts that Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar is not silent on matters related to administration.

In response, More states that they will schedule a meeting with Ajit Pawar to present their case. However, he issued a warning that if they were not granted time for the meeting, they were prepared to intercept the government vehicle of the Guardian Minister to communicate their concerns directly. This indicates a sense of urgency and a firm stance in seeking attention and action on the issues at hand.