The Pune Rural Police on Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old man and seized a tempo, which had a label of “essential service”, for allegedly transporting banned tobacco products worth over Rs. 27 lakh from Telangana to Mumbai.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Pune Rural Police led by inspectors Chandrashekhar Yadav and Bhausaheb Patil, intercepted the tempo near Patas toll post on the Pune-Solapur Highway in the early hours of Wednesday.
Police said the tempo had a label of essential services, but when they searched it, several bags filled with gutkha packets were found concealed under biscuit packets.
“There were two persons in the tempo. One of them – Mansingh Kushwaha (30), a resident of Uttar Pradesh – has been arrested while the other, identified as Sheeldev Reddy, fled from the spot,” said Jayant Meena, additional Superintendent of Police.
An offence was lodged against the two at Yevat police station under sections 420, 34, 188, 177, 269, 270, 272 and 273 of IPC and sections of the Epidemic Act and Food Safety and Standards Act.
Police said the tempo left from Secunderabad and was heading towards Mumbai. The tempo driver had an online pass issued by the government for transporting essential items during the nationwide lockdown.
Police said gutkha worth Rs 27.7 lakh and the tempo have been seized.
3 held for stealing liquor worth Rs 1.8 lakh in Bhigwan
The Pune Rural Police on Wednesday arrested three persons for allegedly stealing country-made liquor worth Rs 1.8 lakh from a liquor store in Bhigwan.
Police said the accused have been identified as Rahul Suresh Saptale (28), Sachin Haribhau Jagtap (30) and Tushar Shankar Zende (29), all residents of Bhigwan area.
According to the police, the theft took place on Monday at a government-approved liquor store. Police said all three are alcohol addicts and have admitted to the crime. Saptale had been booked in eight cases of theft in the past, said police.
Cigarettes worth Rs 37 lakh seized, 1 booked
A 43-year-old businessman was booked by the Pune City Police on Wednesday for allegedly selling cigarettes amid the nationwide lockdown in the wake of spread of COVID-19 cases.
The accused has been identified as Shashikant Ramswaroop Chamadiya (43), a resident of Koregaon Park.
Acting on a tip-off to Police Sub-inspector Nileshkumar Mahadik of the Crime Branch, a decoy customer was sent to Chamadiya’s store in Market Yard on Wednesday. After getting the confirmation, the police seized cigarettes worth Rs 37 lakh from the shop.
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