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Adulterated jaggery worth lakhs seized in Thane

Workers make jaggery

Thane : In raids at four godowns in Kongaon in Bhiwandi taluka of the district, police seized adulterated jaggery and other material worth lakhs of rupees.

“Acting on a tip-off, Crime Branch officials last evening raided four godowns in Kongaon and seized adulterated jaggery and yellow powder resembling sugar worth around Rs 46.84 lakh,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Makarand Ranade told reporters today.

As many as 137 tonnes of black-coloured jaggery and 45 tonnes of a yellow powder were recovered in the raid, he said, and added that the material was unfit for human consumption.

“The godown was owned by one Deepak Khemani, a resident of Kalyan. He was carrying out distillation work there, for which he had the license to operate a plant,” he said.

The samples of the seized goods have been sent to the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for testing, the ACP said.

Further action would be taken after receiving the reports, he added.

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