The sleuths of the commissioner’s task force, west zone raided a unit that stored tobacco and gutka products. The main dealer and his associate, along with two drivers and a cleaner were apprehended. They police also seized Rs 13 lakh worth products and two auto trolleys worth Rs 16,000.
The arrested were identified as P. Srisailam, 42, a supplier of gutka materials, V. Srinivas, 39, B. Ashok, 24, S. Sandeep Kumar, 28, and D. Mukund Rao, 32. Another man, Ashok Kumar, is reportedly absconding.
DCP, commissioner task force, P. Radhakrishna Rao said, “About a week back, Srinivas and Ashok ordered a huge quantity of gutka and tobacco products from P. Srisailam. As per their request, Srisailam went to Bidar and purchased the said gutka and tobacco products. He engaged two autorickshaws to transport the deliver the goods on Saturday.”
It was while Srisailam was delivering the gutka and tobacco products that the west zone task force team apprehended them. Ashok Kumar managed to escape and efforts are on to trace him, said Mr Rao.
The police seized the gutka packets, whose market value is Rs 13 lakh. The apprehended men were handed over to the Asifnagar police for further action....