Contraband tobacco products seized by FSO team

Port Blair
24 Feb 2017

Under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner, (SA)/Commissioner Food Safety, the officials of food safety conducted surprise raids at various places in South Andaman District and recovered huge amount of contraband tobacco products from shopkeepers as well as general public.
At Garacharama village a surprise raid was conducted at the food premises of M/s M.K. Eazzy Shoppe and recovered contraband tobacco products and the accused has been booked under the relevant section of the Food Safety and Standards Act’2006. As per information received from Central Crime Station, Port Blair a suspected unclaimed parcel was recovered from the Head Post Office, which was opened in the presence of Post Master and police personnel and recovered 56 pouches of Bhagwan 69(40gm) zarda wrapped inside sarees which was shipped from Surat, Gujarat to Bambooflat. Later, the same was seized under relevant sections of the Act. In another incident, four unclaimed suspected parcels from DTDC Express Ltd, Port Blair were opened in presence of the company staff and police personnel and seized 1.4 kg tobacco leaf, 09 pouches of Ratna brand No.69 zarda(50 gm each), 41 pouches of Ratna Brand No.64 zarda(50 gm each),  57 pouches Ratna Brand No.150 zarda(50 gm each) recovered and seized. Similarly, Police Station, Chatham recovered 7 Kgs of contraband tobacco products and 22 pouches of Nevla Brand Tobacco, 02 zarda tins and 500 gms tobacco products from four passengers arrived from mainland based ship at Haddo Wharf. All the items were seized and legal proceedings have been initiated against the offenders under Food Safety and Standards Act’2006.
Further, the general public as well as business communities have been requested not to involve in trade of contraband tobacco products and if any information is available with them may be communicated to the Commissioner Food Safety, A&N Islands. On phone No. 9434280018 and 03192-238881