fbpx

Drugs, Pulwama bomb materials allegedly sold on Amazon India

Reading Time: 2 minutes

 

After a 2019 investigation revealed that the chemicals to make explosive devices used in the Pulwama terror attack were purchased on Amazon India, senior executives of Amazon India have now been charged for allegedly smuggling marijuana through the online retailer.

Earlier this month on 14 November, Madhya Pradesh police had arrested two men in possession of 20 kilograms of marijuana, with investigations revealing they were smuggling the substance as ‘stevia leaves’ on the website.

“It has been reported that Amazon has been facilitating trade of marijuana through its marketplace e-commerce platform which is meant to act only as a bridge between buyer and seller for the sale and purchase of permitted goods/services,” the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said in a statement.

“However, from the recent findings of Madhya Pradesh Police, it is clear that the drug rackets being operated on the marketplace platform are not without the knowledge and active involvement of Amazon, but Amazon has been fully involved by storing such narcotics in their warehouses, provided their delivery channels for safe and secure delivery of the drugs to the customers and also taking major share of the sales proceeds (of the order of 66 per cent) as their profit/sales commission.”

Amazon India executive directors have been charged under section 38 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotrophic Substances (NDPS) Act, although police have not disclosed how many executives were charged.

According to Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra, Amazon officials were not cooperating in the investigation of the case even after giving a warning in the case of selling marijuana online, leading police to register an FIR.

“Online drug trade is a more serious crime than cyber crime and such crime will not be encouraged in the state”, he added in a tweet.

Madhya Pradesh police approximate around 1,000 kgs of marijuana was sold through the Amazon India website. Investigations remain underway.

Earlier in 2019, the chemicals for making the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which were used in the Pulwama terror attack resulting in the death of 40 CRPF soldiers, were also purchased via the e-commerce portal, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said.

The NIA during the investigation of Pulwama case revealed this fact in its report in March 2020, the news also widely appeared in the media in March 2020. Besides other material, ammonium nitrate, a contraband item in India, was also purchased through the portal.

The CAIT has urged the Union Government to conduct an intensive and thorough probe into business model of big e-commerce players to ensure that no sale of prohibited items are conducted on e-commerce portals and liability should be fixed on marketplace to do strict KYC of the seller.

Compiled from various news sources

READ ALSO: Police arrest two men connected with drug deliveries to Australia

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Podcasts

Let’s Talk Boosters: Indian Link podcast

0
  In LET'S TALK BOOSTERS, a new podcast series by Indian Link, host Ekta Sharma quizzes Dr Kritman Dhamoon of Blacktown Hospital Sydney about booster...
Frontline worker Parita Patel (inset). Image supplied

‘Serving the community’: COVID testing in remote NSW

0
  The past two years have been a rollercoaster of COVID-19 related turmoil; from isolating lockdowns, closed borders, to trying to help Indians in the...

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

0
  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

murugappan family home to bilo

Confirmed: Murugappan family are going #HomeToBilo

0
  Interim Minister for Home Affairs Jim Chalmers has intervened in the immigration case of the Murugappan family to allow them to return to Biloela. Exercising...
tomb of sand booker prize

‘Tomb of Sand’ becomes first Hindi novel to win Booker Prize

0
  Geetanjali Shree’s Ret Samadhi, translated to English by Daisy Rockwell as Tomb of Sand, is the winner of the 2022 International Booker Prize. It...
Baljeet Kaur mountaineer

Baljeet Kaur, an Indian mountaineer, sets a record by summiting four...

0
  On Sunday, Baljeet Kaur, a 27-year-old woman set a record and became the only Indian mountaineer to scale four 8000m peaks in less than...
new normal still isha and appu

REVIEW: New Normal

0
  A pivotal conversation that surrounds LGBTQIA+ discourse is the need to normalise queer relationships, as that is what they are — normal. In late April,...

India, Australia review cooperation under Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

0
  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on Tuesday reviewed the multi-dimensional cooperation under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Cooperation under the partnership...