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Film producer arrested in connection with India's biggest drug seizure

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the Border Security Force seized more than 23,000 kg of Mandrax tablets from a warehouse in Udaipur on the eve of Diwali.


The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has busted what it claims to be India's biggest drug racket and recovered 23,500 kilograms of Mandrax tablets (methaqualone) with an estimated worth of Rs4,700 crore in the international market.

Subhash Dudani, a Hindi film producer, has been arrested in connection with the seizure, an officer of the DRI said on Wednesday.

"It is India's biggest drug racket busted by the DRI," director-general Jayant Misra told IANS. "I think it should also be the world's biggest, as the seizure is around 23,500 kg. Its international value is estimated between Rs4,500 crore and Rs4,700 crore."

Misra said the DRI's Mumbai zonal unit acted after it got a tip-off about the consignment. The agency worked on the tip-off in coordination with the Border Security Force and seized the drugs from a warehouse in Udaipur in Rajasthan on 28 October.

"In this connection, DRI arrested Bollywood producer Subhash Dudani from Mumbai on October 29," Misra said.

Dudani was one of the producers of the Hindi film Vikalp (2011), a crime thriller starring Alok Nath, Pankaj Berry, Nirmal Pandey and Deepal Shaw.