Vijayawada, February 9
The Commissioner of Police Task Force conducted raids at Tadepalligudem and Ashok Nagar and seized huge quantity of banned gutkha packets, worth around Rs 15 lakh.
Task Force ACP Muralidhar said they have arrested a few people in this connection. The accused, Malleshwar Rao of Tadepalligudem, West Godavari district, was allegedly procuring gutkha products from Odisha and transporting them through rail and road.
The Task Force also raided five godowns in Ashok Nagar and seized the gutkha packets. The police elicited more information from Malleshwar Rao, who was arrested on earlier occasions on similar charges and was imprisoned as well. Apparently, Rao came out on bail and continued his business.