Authorities have unearthed an illegal trade in aphrodisiacs worth crores being run by one Ashwini Kumar alias Ashwini Vaidya near Gaya railway station.
Gaya drug inspector Rajiv Ranjan lodged an FIR with Kotwali police station on Saturday saying Ashwini was trading in aphrodisiacs without a valid degree or licence. The police and teams of various departments found he had not paid sales or income tax against illegal trade worth over Rs 40 crore in the last four years.
Gaya city superintendent of police (SP) Rakesh Kumar said the FIR was lodged under different acts including Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954, Essential Commodities Act 1955, Consumer Protection Act 1986, Indecent Representation Of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986.
A team led by Kotwali police inspector Uday Shankar raided Ashwini’s five-storied building at Malgodown on July 31 on the basis of a tip-off. Even with the assistance of sales, income tax and forest officials, it took nine days to assess volume of illegal trade.
The police found 16 CCTV cameras on all five floors, 16 battery-operated rubber/plastic/fibre dildos, huge quantity of ayurvedic drugs, unfinished noodles of unidentified herbs, 24 computer parts and its CPU and a PAN card in the name of Ashwini made out in the address of a Faridabad-based steel company (declared bankrupt 10 years ago). A call centre, with 12 computers and male executives, operated on the third floor. Officials seized registers with name and address of customers. A hard disc and CCTVs will be sent for forensic tests. Sales and income tax departments are assessing exact volume of trade to decide Ashwini’s penalty.
Ashwini migrated from Katrisarai, Rajgir, a big centre for aphrodisiacs.