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Tobacco products worth Rs. 5 lakh seized

Food Safety officials and police jointly conducted a search at a private building and seized tobacco products worth Rs. 5 lakh on Tuesday. The police said that a grocery merchant recently hired a private building at Vadapudupatti under Allinagaram police station limits. They noticed that some grocery items had been stocked in the building. Though they were informed that garlic had been stocked there, the police questioned the merchant Navarathnam and came to know that tobacco products had been kept in gunny bags. The officials seized 30 bags of the banned products and sent the samples to a government laboratory. The premises was sealed.

Superintendent of Police V. Baskaran said special teams were in touch with the public and other government agencies. Specific information about tobacco products being dumped or stocked in any place would lead to immediate raid and names of those who alerted the police would be kept confidential. The police interacted with merchants’ associations and explained the consequences of storing or stocking banned products. The traders had promised to cooperate with them. The police had seized tobacco products worth Rs. 5 lakh in June and Rs. 86,400 in July.

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