3 held for smuggling PDS kerosene

Paradip: Around 11,000 litres of kerosene meant for PDS were seized while being smuggled by a boat here on Thursday.

The police conducted the raids while the fuel was smuggled by a country boat in river Mahanandi and arrested three persons involved in the smuggling. The boat and a mini-truck were also seized, police said.

The arrested persons are boat driver Chandia Barman, truck driver Sanjay Dhali and kerosene trader Trinanth Swain, police, who suspected a well-planned racket behind it, said.

Investigation is on and other persons involved in the illegal activities will be nabbed, police said.