Imported cigarettes worth Rs 20 lakh seized, one held

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Delhi Police have busted a smuggling racket that was involved in supplying imported cigarettes and arrested one person, an official said on Wednesday.

The accused, identified as Faizan (36), a resident of Farashkhana in Delhi, was arrested along with 2,040 packets of smuggled cigarettes worth Rs 20 lakhs.

DCP (Central district) Shweta Chauhan said that to keep a check on incidents of street crimes, “Operation Sachet” was launched in Central district under which intensive picketing & patrolling, surprise checking, rigorous profiling, monitoring of known criminals is being done.

On February 22, a tip-off was received that one person, involved in smuggling of imported cigarettes, will come near Bus Stand Minto Road. Accordingly a team of the special staff was constituted which laid a trap and apprehended the accused from the specified spot. Preliminary enquiry revealed that the recovered cigarettes were being illegally smuggled from Dubai.

The police have registered a case under sections 7 and 20 of the Cigarette & Other Tobacco Product Act and further investigation is on, the official added.

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