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Peddler held, brown sugar worth Rs 5 L seized

Pratap Panda

Cuttack: A man has been arrested by a special squad of Excise Intelligence and Enforcement Bureau, (EI&EB), Central division, Cuttack on Friday and seized 47 grams of brown sugar worth more than Rs 5 lakh from his possession. The accused, Soumya Ranjan Pradhan of Barrage Road under Mangalabag police limits, was picked up from the campus of Bhubananda Orissa School of Engineering (BOSE), said Inspector Amarendra Kumar Jena.

Acting on a tip off, the special squad nabbed Pradhan while he was selling drugs in front of Madhusudan Boy’s Hostel within BOSE campus. Besides seizing a pulsar bike and a mobile phone, the excise officials also seized sale proceeds of Rs 2,200 from him. “There were complaints about sale of the brown sugar near BOSE campus and the peddlers were wooing students and local youths,” Jena said.

Later, acting on the direction of Excise Commissioner PK Senapati, the special squad had waited in disguise and nabbed him at 2.30 pm, the peak time of drug intake, Jena said.  The squad has also arrested Munia Bibi (56) of Begusari in Bihar from Cuttack railway station and seized 2.5 quintals of bhang(cannabis) worth more than `1.5 lakh which were being transported to Puri by her in Dhauli Express.A week back, the local unit of Bajrang Dal had complained about the massive sale of drugs following which Mangalabag police had conducted raids but could not make any breakthrough.

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