Report; Manoj Kanta Dash,odishabarta
BERHAMPUR: Continuing their efforts to curb anti-social activities and illegal trade of Guthka, (Mafia) Berhampur Police busted three illegal gutkha manufacturing units and arrested six persons in connection with the incident following raids at different locations on last couple of days.
Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Bada Bazar,BN Pur and BN Pur Police Stations conducted multiple raids at Saguna Sahi, Borigaon and Bhutapalli area in the city led by Mr BP Pati,SDPO City.
97 bags of gutkha, machines and other raw articles used for making guthka worth over Rs 9.7 4lakh were seized during the raid.
“They are preparing guthka and other products under different brands which is completely illegal as they don’t have any trade license. Four cases have been registered against the accused and further investigation is on,” said IIC of Bada Bazar Police Station, Prasant Bhupati and Sarada Prasanna Dash,IIC,BN Pur Police station.
Tightening the noose of those Maifa in Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra instructed strictly to follow during last Crime meeting at his Office.
Following the instruction of SP,Mr Mishra up to the necks of the illegal guthka producers in the 'Silk City', Berhampur Police continuously on the process for busting gutka manufacturing units mainly under Bada Bazar Police limit,Sadar and BN Pur Police limits.
During the raid cops found that the manufacturing unit operators were producing tobacco without the required license and packing those in duplicate foils of branded companies to send to the market. Later six persons were taken into custody from the spot.
As per the Bada Bazar case records;
Vide the case o 122/19.One Narayan Sahu and 3 others of Sarguna Sahi arrested with seizure of 40 bags of Gutkha, 1 machine, Raw beetle, an seed, huge quantity of polythene, packing and other materials.
Case no 123/19,The Godown of Sarat Ku Sahu of Kalupatra sahi raided and police found Gutkha 30 bags, other materials,60 cartools of mustard oil which suspected to be adulterated , 40 liters of PDS Kerosine.
Case no 126/19,Godown and house of Ram Ch.Dash of Panigrahi Pentha,105 bags of Gutkha, 1 manufacturing machine, huge quantity of raw materials and polythene reels.
Locals compliments to the City police and to SP,Berhampur of their continuous effort to “WIPEOUT GUTKHA”.
In spite of several attempts we failed to get any information from Sadar Police Station although they too did some remarkable job.
The accused persons were arrested under the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act.