Hyderabad: Acting a tip-off from the AP police, the Cyberabad police busted an interstate gutka smuggling gang at Shamshabad on Tuesday and arrested two persons. The police recovered gutka worth Rs 1.4 crore, weighing 3.2 tonnes, from their possession. The accused persons transport tomatoes to Kolar district in Karnataka and while returning smuggle gutka.
The gang was supplying gutka to different parts of Telangana and AP from Karnataka, said the police. The arrested are identified as V. Gangadri and V. Nagaraju.
P.V. Padmaja, DCP Shamshabad, said that based on a tip-off from the AP police, they intercepted a DCM van at Tondupally gate on NH 44 and found gutka in it.
“Gangadri was earlier involved in smuggling gutka and was arrested by the Prakasam district police in September 2017. After coming out on bail, he started the illegal trade again,” the DCP said. A hunt is on to nab the kingpin of the racket and the receivers.