Chennai: In a major haul, the police have seized Rs 10 lakh worth gutkha in a Chennai suburban area.
According to reports, the police had information that there was largescale sale of gutkha in Sundaracholapuram, near Thiruverkadu, a suburb of Chennai. So, a team, headed by inspector Prabhu, under the supervision of Chennai West Zone Assistant Commissioner Vijayakumari, had been watching the area in disguise.
They found suspicious activities in a godown on Vinayagar Koil Street in Sundaracholapuram. During the search operations they found huge bundles of the banned item.
This led to the arrest of godown owner Veeramani who also runs a shop in the area. Police sources said he confessed that he would travel to Bengaluru once a week to buy gutkha in bulk and store it in the godown. It would then be sold, he said.
The police are now probing to see if he has links with a gutkha gang that smuggles the banned item into Tamilnadu.
The seized gutkha consignment is said to be worth Rs 10 lakh. The contraband is now in the possession of the Thiruverakadu police.