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Banned gutka worth Rs 5.61 lakh seized by the FDA

People  burn a symbolic holi of tobacco and gutka

Thane, Dec 5 (PTI) Banned gutka worth Rs 5.61 lakh which was being smuggled into the city from Andhra Pradesh has been seized, the city police and FDA officials said here today.

FDA Joint Commissioner (Konkan) Suresh Deshmukh told that a tempo carrying various brands of gutka including ‘Goa’ and ‘Vimal’ brands were seized at Shilphata by a team of FDA officials after a tip off.

The vehicle bearing an Andhra Pradesh registration number contained as many as 1,000 bags of gutka in it, besides some pouches, he said.

He said that the police registered offences against the vehicle’s driver and owner, as well as manufacturer of the banned gutka.

The arrested driver has been identified as Amjad Yusuf Shaikh (32), the police said.

They have been charged under Section 188, Section 273, Section 328 read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code and various other sections of the Food Safety and Standards Act.

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