In a joint operation, officers of the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit (OCIU) and native police seized about one-and-half tonnes of banned tobacco product, gutkha, and round 600 kg of country-made crackers in Tharagampatti village in Karur district on Monday.
Appearing on particular inputs, the OCIU personnel carried out the operation, lasting over two hours within the morning and seized the banned substances and country-made crackers that had been illegally stocked in a godown belonging to Subramanian, a wholesale seller concerned in promoting snacks. A number of the substances had been additionally confiscated from the wholesale outlet run by Subramanian in Tharagampatti village, stated police sources.
The sources stated the gutkha packets had been stocked in about 40 to 50 gunny bag and had been reportedly being illegally bought together with snacks. Subramanian, 58, and his son S. Lokesh (27) had been detained in reference to the seizure and handed over to the Chinthamanipatti police together with the seized consignment for additional motion. The worth of the seized tobacco merchandise was put at round ₹10 lakh. Additional investigations are on.