Vikash Sharma

Intensifying its crackdown on adulteration of food products, the joint enforcement squad of Commissionerate Police and Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) on Sunday busted a fake Gutkha manufacturing unit in the millennium city.

Huge quantities of adulterated gutkha and other tobacco products have been seized during the raid at Malgodown area. Senior officials of the Commissionerate police said that apart from the gutkha products, huge quantities of an item containing Cannabis have also been recovered from the factory.

“Nicotine cannot be mixed with food items. On getting information, today we raided the unit and seized several stock of pan masala with tobacco products. Besides, we have seized 10 quintals of an item having cannabis as its base. In the packet, it has been mentioned as schedule E drug. As per norms, it needs to be sold or given only when prescribed by a certified medical practitioner. But it was being openly sold in the market,” said a senior official of Commissionerate Police.

City Health Officer (CMC), Dr Satyabrata Mohapatra said, “The Cannabis item is being used for intoxication by several people. We have collected samples of the seized products and they will be sent for tests.”

Mohapatra further said that appropriate action as per the provisions of the law will be taken against the accused based on the reports.

Meanwhile, the Commissionerate Police has detained the owner of the unit and further investigation in this connection is underway.