Huge tobacco consignment intercepted

IMPHAL, Oct 9: Volunteers of Coalition against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) and All Manipur Student’s Union (AMSU) intercepted tobacco (Khaini) worth over Rs two lakhs this morning from Khurai area.

It may be mentioned that there is a complete ban on smokeless tobacco products imposed under the food safety and standards (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Regulation, 2011 in the state.

The items was recovered from a Tata Iris mini-van bearing registration number MNO6-4967, coming from Ukhrul.

Speaking to media persons, T Brojendro Khaba, Deputy Food and Safety, said that the tobacco products belong to one Sanjay Kumar (30), son of Jageshor Kumar of Bihar Sapra, currently staying at Majorkhul Imphal.

The team also apprehended an accomplice of Sanjay Kumar, a labourer, identified as Prabu Sahani, currently staying at Nagamapal. Informing that Sanjay Kumar brought the tobacco product from Dimapur, he was intercepted near Khurai Chaithabi Leirak by volunteers of CADA and AMSU assisted by Chaithabi Leirak Development Committee cum Library centre Khurai and staff of food safety commission of Medical Directorate.

The volunteers recovered 60 packages containing 32,400 containers (tin can) of Khaini from the mini-van which are estimated to be worth Rs 2,91,600.

Brojendro also informed that as per the provision of the Food Safety and Standards Acts, 2006, the accused involved is liable to pay a fine of amounting upto 2 Lakhs rupees but ruled out the provision of imprisonment.

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