Is Bhadrak Turning Hub Of Fake Tobacco Products In Odisha?
Bhadrak: A huge cache of spurious tobacco products was seized by Bhadrak police following a raid at Mathasahi area on Sunday.
The crackdown comes a day after a police team and some journalists were attacked by locals during a raid on a fake tobacco manufacturing unit at Holasahi under Puruna Bazar police limits in the district.
The fresh drive against duplicate tobacco products was carried out at the illegal manufacturing unit that was operating from a rented house at Mathasahi.
Senior police officials informed that the raid was conducted based on an intelligence input. Though the accused managed to escape from the spot, huge quantities of counterfeit tobacco products were seized.
Earlier, police had busted several illegal tobacco manufacturing units in Bhadrak district.
Puruna Bazaar Police had ruined a fake chewing tobacco (Zarda) manufacturing factory at Pathan Mohalla area on October 6. Fake tobacco products worth Rs 2 lakh were seized during the crackdown.
A team of Puruna Bazar police had raided two illegal tobacco manufacturing units at Chandan Nagar and Sarkar Nagar and seized large quantities of raw materials used to prepare spurious zarda in the month of August 2018.
(Edited By Suryakant Jena)