Brown sugar worth Rs 1cr seized in Bhubaneswar; 5 held

Puri: As part of its drive against illegal drug traders, Puri police conducted a crackdown and nabbed five drug smugglers, including a minor boy at Uttara on Bhubaneswar outskirts in wee hours today.

The cops also seized brown sugar worth around Rs 1 crore, a motorcycle, a scooter and Rs 3,500 cash from their possession.

Acting on a tip-off, a team led by Pipili police station IIC conducted a raid near Ram temple on Canal Road at Uttara and caught the five accused red-handed. The arrested were main accused Murashid Khan alias Juma, Imran Sha and Jabid Sha of Narsinghpur under Pipili police limits, Sheikh Shajid Ali of Sunahata under Balasore Town police limits and a minor boy.

Meanwhile, a case in this regard has been registered at Pipili police station under Section 21 (c) and 29 of NDPS Act and further investigation in this connection is underway, informed Pipili SDPO.

As directed by Puri SP, crackdowns on drug smugglers will be intensified in the district in coming days, he added.

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