NAGPUR: A banned consignment of flavored tobacco, worth Rs 2.18 lakh, was intercepted by a squad of Lakadganj police following an input on Monday at Satranjipura. One person has been arrested.
Police had information that some suspicious consignments were being smuggled into the city after eight plastic-made sacks were offloaded near a garage at Satranjipura by a vehicle. When the cops reached, the vehicle had already left the place but the consignments were still on the road. Police team under assistant PI DD Niley found the packs of flavored tobacco in the sacks despite its ban under relevant provisions of the Food safety and standards Act, 2006.
There were 14 cartons, having around 560 sealed containers of the flavored tobacco, in the sacks. Police also took the person accompanying the sack, identified as Sajid Samad Pathan, into custody. It's learnt that Pathan had placed order for the tobacco with a dealer in Gujarat who had sent the consignment.
Food and drug administration officials too later joined the raid along with Lakadganj police. The seized consignment was handed over to the FDA officials.
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