Mumbai: 2 from Odisha held with 30-kg ganja, police probe Naxal links

Mumbai Police said the ganja in the possession of the accused was grown in their home villages.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: September 13, 2016 3:07 am

Two men hailing from a Naxal-affected district in Odisha were caught in Tilak Nagar, selling 30 kg of ganja last week. The police are now probing whether the money the men made from the sale of drugs in Mumbai, Thane and Pune was being passed on to the extremists.

The Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai Police trapped Bipin Gauda (23) and Pullatuna Daura (22) on September 7. They were allegedly in possession of ganja. The police said that 17 kg of the drug was found in Gauda’s possession and 13 kg with Daura. Both men hail from Ganjam district in Odisha, which is Naxal-affected.

“The ganja in the possession of the accused was grown in their home villages. The accused are allegedly only responsible for the supply,” said sub-inspector Ashok Edake of the ANC’s Ghatkopar unit.

The arrested men had made several trips to Mumbai, Thane and Pune in the past to sell ganja, the police said. “Since the ganja was allegedly sourced by the accused from the Naxals, we are probing whether the money made from the sale was also passed on to them,” he said. The accused have been remanded in police custody till September 19.