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Sharmili Mallick

Gajapati: Two persons were arrested for allegedly smuggling around four quintals of ganja (cannabis) worth Rs 30 lakh from Kalameri village on Chandiput-Luhagudi road under Mohana Police Station in Gajapati district on Sunday.

As per reports, the accused duo, identified as Paul Pani and Anugraha Lima of Ranalai village in R Udaygiri of the district, was heading to Berhampur with the consignment yesterday when they were intercepted by a police patrolling team near Kalameri.

Later, the cops conducted a search of the vehicle and seized the ganja.

“Our patrolling team raided the vehicle and recovered 13 sacks stuffed with over 391.4 kg of marijuana and arrested the two youths. They were transporting the cannabis to Berhampur from where they would have transported it to outside states,” informed Mohana Police Station IIC Sujit Kumar Nayak.

A case has been registered at Mohana Police Station in this connection and the two accused will be forwarded to the court today, the police official added.

Earlier in July, over 10 quintals of ganja was seized from an onion-laden truck between Chandiput and Luhagudi area of Gajapati district and two persons were arrested by the police. Police had said that the market value of the ganja was around Rs 50 lakh.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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