amazon: Amazon does not cooperate in drug investigation: MP’s police

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BHOPAL: Police in Madhya Pradesh sent a 20 point notice to Amazon as part of their investigation into the alleged smuggling of marijuana through the e-commerce network.
It comes a day after Madhya Pradesh Home Secretary Narottam Mishra expressed concern over “cannabis shipments delivered via Amazon” and “non-cooperation with the investigation”.
Mishra had said, “There are no guidelines for online businesses. We will make guidelines for MP. Amazon has been called but they are not cooperating. We will bring them. I call on the CEO of Amazon to cooperate, otherwise we will take action.
Bhind Police are investigating suspected smuggling of marijuana (ganja) via the Amazon network. Three people have been arrested so far.
Bhind Police Manoj Singh told TOI that Amazon is not cooperating with the investigation at all. “The company earns a lot from this country and has a social responsibility towards the citizens. We had sent our team to their offices but not much happened. They shift the responsibility. We have sent e-mail notifications to the relevant authorities, ”he said.
Police said a huge ton of marijuana, worth over 1 crore rupees, was transported in this way under the guise of consignments of “curry leaves” or “stevia leaves”.
Amazon India has denied the allegations of non-cooperation in official correspondence with TOI. “Amazon is expanding its full cooperation with law enforcement, and even in the current case of marijuana, we have remained committed to the investigation. Amazon.in officials have held several rounds of talks with MP police since. that the problem was first reported to us. We are collecting the relevant information, as requested by the local investigating authorities, and are on track to submit it on time. ” an Amazon India spokesperson.
Amazon had said in a previous statement that it does not allow the listing and sale of banned products in India and is investigating whether there has been “non-compliance” by a seller.
Two suspects – Suraj alias Kallu Pawaiyya and Bijendra Singh – were arrested on Saturday near a dhaba on the Bhind-Gwalior highway, and 20kg of marijuana they were transporting via the e-commerce network were seized. Singh directs the dhaba. Kallu smuggled marijuana labeled “curry leaves” from Andhra Pradesh and delivered it via e-commerce to Bhopal, Gwalior, Kota and Agra, police said. The marijuana was reportedly smuggled through a “sales company” registered in Visakhapatnam.
The cyber cell was monitoring Kallu and a team was set up under the leadership of SP Manoj Kumar Singh and ASP Kamlesh Kumar, who carried out the arrest on Saturday evening.
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