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Ganja worth Rs 42 lakhs seized in Rayagada, 5 arrested

30/07/2021 at 8:35 PM

Rayagada, July 30: The Padmapur Police today seized ganja weighing 2 quintal worth Rs 42 lakhs and arrested 5 persons in this connection.

The accused have been identified as Pankaj Kumar, Shivkesh Shukla, Arvind Kumar, and Mahendra Prasad, Rohit Kumar Keshari.

Police conducted a regular checking near Kenduguda Outpost on National Highway 326 on Friday, when they stopped a truck bearing Uttar Pradesh registration number on suspicion. During checking, they found 356 kg of ganja inside it. Subsequently, they stopped another car just behind the truck bearing Jharkhand number and found 71 kg of ganja inside it.

Later, the police seized the contraband and arrested the accused. Along with that they have also seized 6 mobile phones and Rs 1 lakh cash from the accused’s possession.  

After preliminary investigation, it was found that the contraband was being smuggled from Kenduguda to Jharkhand.

All the accused have been court forwarded and further investigation is underway to nab the other culprits involved in this racket, said an official.

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