Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch today arrested notorious stone mining mafia member Mohammed Tabriz from Kolkata.
Acting on an information provided by STF, officials of the Bureau of Immigration detained Tabriz at Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport. Later he was handed over to the local police. He was on his way to Thailand with his wife.
Earlier, the STF had issued a lookout circular against Tabriz.
Tabriz was produced in the SDJM court in Barrackpore by local police. Later STF officials took him into custody and brought to Bhubaneswar on transit remand. The accused is being forwarded to the SDJM court, Khurda.
He was allegedly involved in illegal operation of quarries in land belonging to Shree Jagannath Temple situated at Khurda.
Tabriz was also involved in illegally blasting building stones from different quarries in the area, in collaboration with other accused persons. He used to threaten local people and rival gang members with illegal firearms.
Reportedly, he has obtained profits from the illicit business and was leading a lavish life. He used to visit foreign tourist destinations regularly.
He is also wanted in a case registered at Kishan Nagar police station.