DRI seizes foreign-origin cigarettes worth Rs 2.13 cr
Kolkata: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have seized foreign-origin cigarettes worth
Rs 2.13 crore and arrested two persons on Wednesday.
According to DRI, recently sleuths got a tip-off that huge quantity of cigarettes will be smuggled into India through the Myanmar border.
Working on the information, DRI sleuths on Wednesday came to know that a pick up van loaded with cigarettes was parked at the Dankuni truck terminal.
When sleuths raided the spot, they found approximately 7 lakh cigarette sticks of two brands from China and Korea. The seized cigarettes are worth Rs 73 lakh. The driver of the pick up van also discovered that another truck parked on the same terminal loaded with cigarettes.
Later, sleuths found 29 sacks full of foreign cigarettes and also came to know that those were loaded from Guwahati. Sleuths detained and started interrogating the driver. Sources informed that during interrogation the driver stated that the cigarettes were to be delivered to a warehouse near Topsia. Immediately, DRI officials raided the warehouse and found huge quantity of foreign cigarettes. During the search of the said warehouse, sleuths found approximately 12 lakh more sticks of cigarettes of different foreign brands from Indonesia and UAE of approximate value of Rs 1.24 crore.
The driver of the pick-up van as well as the driver of the truck have been arrested. Both of them were produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM), Kolkata, at the Bankshall Court on Thursday and were remanded to judicial custody till April 30.
According to DRI, this is the biggest seizure of foreign cigarettes in the recent times. After recovery of such a huge quantity of foreign cigarettes, sleuths are trying to locate the persons who were involved in smuggling. DRI officials trying to find out if more such smuggling rackets are operating at the time of elections.