Bhubaneswar: Police today arrested a 40-year-old woman in Haladi Padia slum under Laxmisagar police limits and seized brown sugar weighing 19 grams from her possession.
Police said that the accused identified as Kuni Singh was involved in brown sugar peddling for the last six months.
As per official statistics, police have managed to seize only 8.7 grams of brown sugar in Bhubaneswar between 2011 and 2015. However, the seizure went around one kilogram between 2016 and 2017 in the state capital. Police said that around 70 percent of the seizure was made from the Haladi Padia slum.
Police said that the root of the peddling racket originates from Balasore and adjoining areas. “The banned contraband is mostly smuggled into Odisha from states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. The small time traders in the slum procure it from Balasore and its adjoining areas and sell it in Bhubaneswar and neighbouring areas with hefty margins,” said a police official.