Malkangiri: In a major crackdown on ganja smuggling racket, Mudulipada police on Friday arrested five persons and seized ganja weighing about 103 kg from two vehicles including an ambulance on SH-47 road near Podaghat Chowk in Malkangiri district last night.
The five arrested persons were identified as Munna Kumar Yadav(22), Rajat Jayant Haldar (24), Mukesh Kumar Chorsia (26), Anup Kumar (27), Budu Khemundu (30).
According to sources, the policemen last night at around 3.30 am were checking the vehicles when they intercepted two vehicles-an ambulance and a pick-up van over suspicion. During search, contraband weighing about 103 kg was found stashed in gunny bags inside the vehicles.
The police arrested the accused while seizing the contraband and the vehicles used for smuggling.
A case has been registered under relevant Sections of the IPC and the accused will produced before the court today, said a police.
Further investigation is underway to nab other accused behind the crime, said the police.