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Nagpur, Dec 19 – Opposition leaders from the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) on Monday gathered outside the Maharashtra Assembly here and raised slogans against the BJP-led state government over drug menace in the state, alleging that some ministers were shielding drug racketeer Lalit Patil.

Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Vijay Wadettiwar, expressed serious concern over the youths in the state getting addicted to drugs and said that the state is on verge of becoming ‘Udta Maharashtra’ like ‘Udta Punjab’ while referring to the 2016 Bollywood film about drug crisis in the northern state.

The senior Congress leader further alleged that some ministers were shielding drug racketeer Lalit Patil and sought action against him.

Last week, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had informed the state assembly that police had seized drugs worth about Rs 50,000 crore in Maharashtra in recent past and removed 2,200 small shops that were found discretely selling drugs in Mumbai to curb the menace of drugs.

Lalit Patil emerged as the kingpin of a drug racket that was busted by the Sakinaka police in Mumbai in a two-month-long operation, which included seizure of mephedrone worth about Rs 300 crore and a raid on a drug manufacturing unit in Nashik.