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One arrested, Oxytocin Injections worth Rs 73,000 seized

Belagavi, Dec 1 (UNI) Police arrested a person on charges of
illegally storing and selling 'Oxytocin Injections' in the city on Friday.
City Crime Branch (CCB) team headed by Inspector B R Gaddekar, in
association with Deputy Drug Controller Deepak Gayakwad,
Assistant Drug Controllers N V Raghuram and A M Sanofarjan raided
the house of a 42-year-old milk producer Gangadhar Siddappa Gawali,
and recovered 290 plastic bottles (100 ML each) of Oxytocin Injections
worth Rs 73.000.
Deputy Commissioner of police (Law & Order) Seema Latkar said
that this is for the first time in the state such a large quantity
of banned drug 'Oxytocin' was used. It was used on buffalos before
and after milching to increase milk production. Such milk makes
severe deprecations on human health.
Speaking to newsmen here, she said that Under section 12
of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the Food and Consumable
Substances Adulteration Act and under the drug control laws, the drug
was banned and cannot be sold without prescription from registered
medical practitioner. Usually, doctors and veterinary doctors
administer this drug on pregnant women and animals for easy delivery
She said that the arrested has confessed of fetching the hormone
drug from Pune, Maharashtra. The accused who owns 52 buffaloes
administering drug on them and even selling to others. "Action would
be initiated against other milk producers who used banned drug and
druggist who sold the drug illegally.
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