GST enforcement squad raid on tobacco units across 14 districts in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The State CT and GST enforcement wing on Thursday raided 30 places across 14 districts on tobacco manufacturers and traders following allegations of tax evasion.

Based on intelligence inputs, data analysis and carrying tobacco products illegally, the State CT and GST Enforcement Wing identified 20 manufacturers and traders of pan masala and tobacco products covering 14 districts and conducting simultaneous raids at 30 different places including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Rairangpur, Balasore, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Rourkela, Bhawanipatna, Kesinga and Berhampur.

In the ongoing raids, 30 teams consisting of 121 officers and Police personnel are verifying documents, computers, laptops, transaction details and recording the physical stock available at their offices.

During the raids conducted earlier in jewellery and furniture outlets, the State GST officials had collected tax penalty and fine to the tune of  9.82 crores and 2.51 crore respectively.


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