Berhampur, March 22 (LocalWire): Gutkha worth Rs.25 lakh have been seized from six illegal godowns in Paralakhemundi area of Gajapati district, police said on Friday.
Two persons, identified as Reddy Rambabu and K.Tarkesh, were arrested in connection with the case after the raids on Thursday, superintendent of police Sarah Sharma said.
Acting on a tip-off, police had raided the godowns where the illegal items were stocked for sale.
“We have also requested the tax department to provide us the IT papers of the accused persons for verification,” Sharma said.
The state government had banned the manufacture, sale, storage and distribution of gutkha and pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine since January 31, 2013.
Sharma said procurement sources and supply-chain are being probed to stop the illegal trade.