Gutkha worth Rs 13 lakh seized in 2 days

Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seized gutkha and supari worth over Rs 13 lakh in the city in a span of 48 hours. On Saturday, 40 bags of paan masala worth Rs 7,20,000 and three bags of gutkha worth Rs 30,000 were found at Bandra Train Terminus. On Sunday, three bags of gutkha worth Rs 3,24,000 and five bags of gutkha worth Rs 2,60,000 arrived at the same place via Dehradun Express.

"The seized substances are of brands such as Sanjog sugandhi supari, Zamir gutkha, Vimal gutkha and Rajashree gutkha. We are trying to trace the origin of the substances," said Suresh Deshmukh, Joint Commissioner (Food), FDA. Over the past month, the FDA has been seizing gutkha and paan masala which are banned in Maharashtra coming from other states via trains and buses. The FDA formed special units that are posted at various points to curb the entry of such banned substances into the state.

"We have posted our inspectors to check private vehicles and even train and bus terminuses for any illegal consignment," said Deshmukh.

Last year, HC had, in a landmark judgment, banned the production, sale and distribution of gutkha and paan masala in state.

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