Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 12:
Commissionerate police today unearthed two illegal gutkha manufacturing units that make spurious gutkha of renowned companies in the Odisha Capital this evening.
Police carried out two raids at two separate locations- one at Basanta Sahu Chhak under Chandaka police limits and another at an undisclosed location near HHI hotel under Kharvela Nagar police limits- and seized gutkha and related material worth lakhs of rupees.
Though police did not reveal the identity of the detained persons, they said nine persons have been detained from the Kharvela Nagar init and ten from the Chandaka unit. They are all labourers engaged by the units’ owners, police added.
Police have recovered a large quantity of spurious gutkha, empty sachet of famous brands, raw materials, two pick up autos used to transport the stuff from the factory and machines used for making it.
“Acting on a tip-off, Quick Action Team (QAT) of the commissionerate police, along with the respective police station staff, carried out simultaneous raids at two undisclosed houses where the gutkha was being manufactured and nabbed these labourers while they were at work. The team seized a huge quantity of gutkha products besides raw materials and packing machines from two locations,” said Akash Rana, Officer-in-charge of QAT team.
Police have registered two different cases in the incident. Efforts are on to nab the owners of the manufacturing units, added Rana.