CAIT Stages Protest Against Amazon For Selling Marijuana, Banned Chemicals

Ever since the news of Amazon selling drugs, banned chemicals on its platform came out, 'BAN GANJA COMPANY' has constantly been trending on Twitter, with netizens demanding strict action against the e-commerce giant. On 24th November, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) staged a nationwide protest against Amazon for selling marijuana, banned chemicals and indulging itself in unethical malpractices.  https://twitter.com/CAITIndia/status/1463405566487773187 Amazon came into the limelight after an executive director of the online retailer was charged under Narcotics law in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, for allegedly selling marijuana, aka ganja, through the e-commerce platform. Bhind Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh told the media: "The accused had supplied at least 1,000 kg of marijuana from Visakhapatnam. The executive director has been booked on the basis of documents provided by Amazon for allowing a seller to supply marijuana in different parts of the country as stevia leaves [the sweetener]," However, Amazon reacted to the news and said: "We do not allow the listing and sale of products which are prohibited under law to be sold in India," while adding that it is currently looking into the matter. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Dr Narrottam Mishra has strongly reacted to the news and have asked the e-commerce giant to cooperate in the ongoing investigation or else strict action would be taken against the company.  While there is no official confirmation about how many Amazon executives have been arrested, the case of selling drugs has been registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) Madhya Pradesh Home Minister said: "There are no guidelines for online businesses. We'll make guidelines for the state. Amazon was called, but they're not cooperating. We will bring them. I appeal to Amazon's MD-CEO to cooperate or else we'll initiate action," Meanwhile, CAIT has demanded the Narcotics Control Bureau and the union government to take stringent action against Amazon. The Traders body also demanded that the e-commerce company should be charged with Section 20 (ii) (c) of the NDPS act. It also raised the question as to why the company did not use technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify the sale of illegal substances, including marijuana, through its platform.  The traders' body have also pointed out Amazon's alleged involvement during the Pulwama Attack. As per a report in IndiaTimes.com, secretary-general Praveen Khandelwal and national president of CAIT, BC Bhartia, revealed that reports of the initial interrogation by the NIA in the Pulwama attack indicated that an arrested person gave the statement that he used his Amazon account to procure chemicals for making batteries, IEDs and other accessories. They also added that the reports are available in the public domain. The NIA reported the same during the investigation in the Pulwama case in its report of March 2020.  https://twitter.com/CAITIndia/status/1459780451141177344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1459780451141177344%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgadgets.ndtv.com%2Finternet%2Fnews%2Famazon-marijuana-sale-allegation-cait-action-demand-ncb-drug-peddling-india-2611865 Watch this space for the latest updates on the Amazon drug case. 

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