Kochi: Even after a few incidents of drug peddling were reported involving online food delivery networks in the state, the excise is yet to get serious about it. The department had earlier decided to make ID cards mandatory for the delivery boys but they do not have any ID so that anyone can be a delivery guy and attempt drug peddling.
According to a delivery executive, the companies have not issued any ID cards to the delivery guys. "More than a lakh persons have registered in the network but even half of them do not work in it. The companies are aware of the fact and hence they are not issuing any ID cards," Tony Joseph, a delivery executive said.
Meanwhile, excise officials said that they were collecting the complete information from the companies and intensive checks had already been undertaken in the district.
"We have contacted the companies and alerted them on this situation. They are cooperating with us. All the precautionary measures are being implemented," an official said.
In two different cases in Kochi a few months ago, ganja and hashish, both weighing 500 grams, were seized from two persons. The first incident was some three months ago when an online food delivery executive fled without stopping during a vehicle inspection near Kalamukku here.
During the chase, they saw him throw a parcel away, from which the sleuths recovered ganja. In the second incident, hashish was seized from a youth, who was using the mobile phone and vehicle of his friend, who is registered with a food delivery company....