Brown Sugar Worth Over Rs 2 Crore Seized By STF In Odisha
Bhubaneswar: The special task force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch claimed
breakthrough in its ongoing efforts to check narcotics trade by seizing over two kilograms of brown sugar following raids at different locations under Nilagiri police limits in Balasore district.
The cost of the seized brown sugar is estimated to be around Rs 2.70 crore. This is said to be the biggest seizure of brown sugar in the recent past by Odisha Police.
Earlier, the Crime Branch STF had seized 1.749 kg of brown sugar worth over Rs 1 crore after raids at Jatni, Airfield and Pipili police station on March 11.
Odisha Police DG Abhay informed that two persons have been arrested in connection with seizure of 2.729 kg brown sugar from their possession.
“Due to sustained efforts of STF, brown sugar weighing around 6.756 kg has been seized so far in 2020. The seizure by STF is more than the total cumulative seizure made by Odisha Police during the last four years,” said Abhay.
As per official sources, the cumulative seizure by Odisha Police (all agencies of Odisha Police) was 541 grams in 2016, 1.782 kg in 2017, 635 grams in 2018 and 2.560 kg in 2019.
Earlier in February this year, the Special Task Force (STF) had arrested two persons involved in narcotics trade and seized 405 grams of brown sugar worth nearly Rs 40 lakh from their possession.
Two accused- Sk Saruk and Sanjiv Dehury, who hails from Balasore district, were arrested following a raid near Baramunda area in Bhubaneswar last month.
The seizure of such haul of brown sugar is likely to ensure that other government agencies pull up their socks to wage a war against drugs in Odisha.
Abhay further informed that the two accused were basically drugs dealers and efforts are now on to ascertain their forward and backward linkages in the entire chain of illegal narcotics trade.