In a serious crackdown, Excise officers seized 100 kg of pan masala throughout an inspection carried out on Tuesday.
The banned tobacco merchandise had been recovered from a home rented to migrant labourers at Arunoottimangalam in Mangad and a case has been filed underneath the Cigarettes and Different Tobacco Merchandise Act (COTPA) in opposition to Alauddin Nadaf.
“The inventory was saved in sacks and it included round 300 packets of prohibited tobacco merchandise. These are extremely popular amongst migrant labourers and identified out there by completely different names. Aside from these, different narcotic components weighing round 10 kg had been additionally seized,” mentioned the officers.
The raid was carried out following a tip-off obtained by Assistant Excise Commissioner V. Robert. Excise Inspector T. Raju led the group. Deputy Excise Commissioner V. A. Pradeep mentioned that surveillance might be stepped up in migrant labourer camps. The seized tobacco merchandise price round ₹5 lakh out there.