Traders body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has urged the central government and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to take strict action against Amazon for the alleged sale of marijuana through its e-commerce site. Last week, the Madhya Pradesh police claimed to have busted a drug peddling gang, which was carrying over 1,000 kg of banned drug in Amazon-branded packages. CAIT has asked Home Minister Amit Shah and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to ensure that the issue “should not go up in the air” and termed it as a serious threat to national security.
Based on preliminary investigation, CAIT Said in the press conference on Monday that the state police has raided heroine Godown in Gwalior on Sunday where more than 380 packets of marijuana were disguised as curry leaves. The traders’ body claimed that the drug was sold and sold from the godown.
CAIT national president BC Bhatia and general secretary Praveen Khandelwal alleged that by selling marijuana at a price of more than Rs. 1 crore, Amazon was earning a commission of 66 percent.
“Amazon has violated section 20(b) of the NDPS (Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act, which states that ‘production, manufacture, ownership, sale, purchase, transport, inter-state import, inter-state export or Using cannabis will be punishable.’, claimed CAIT in a press statement.
Bhatia and Khandelwal demanded that Amazon and its top management should be punished under section 20(ii)(c) of the NDPS Act. The two also raised the question of why Amazon did not use its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities to identify the sale of illegal and banned products, including marijuana.
Bhatia and Khandelwal claimed, “The answer is simple, as they have the least respect for the Indian people and Indian laws when it comes to growing their business.”
CAIT also urged the government agencies including NCB to search for similar stock in other warehouses of Amazon. It also sought an inquiry from the government and income tax authorities whether the alleged supply of the drug is linked to any anti-national activities including money laundering and/or terrorist activities or funds for Naxalite activities.
According to the First Information Report (FIR) filed by the Madhya Pradesh Police, a copy of which is with Gadgets 360, the accused were identified on Saturday. However, the FIR does not clearly define any role of Amazon in this matter. Hindustan Times report as outlined That it asked Amazon to explain whether it would be able to verify sellers who allegedly transported the drug through its online platform. The report said that the company did not respond to the police.
Gadgets 360 has contacted Amazon India for comment on the matter, and has received the following statement from a spokesperson:
“Amazon operates a marketplace in India (amazon.in), which enables third-party sellers to display, list, and offer products for sale directly to end-customers. Amazon has a high bar on compliance and as a contract our sellers are required to comply with all applicable laws in order to sell their products amazon.in, We do not allow the listing and sale of products that are prohibited under law to sell in India. However, if sellers list such products as an intermediary, we will take strict action as required under law when they are exposed to us. We were informed of the problem and we are currently investigating whether there has been any non-compliance on the part of the seller. We assure full cooperation and support to the investigating officers and law enforcement agencies in the ongoing investigation and ensure full compliance with applicable laws.