Khurda: Acting on a tip-off, the Excise department officials conducted simultaneous raids in different areas of the district and seized brown sugar weighing 295 grams worth around Rs 30 lakh here in this district Saturday morning.
The raid team also arrested two peddlers. The arrested persons have been identified as Krushna Chandra Palai (34) and Rabindra Pradhan (33) of Khurda, the police said.
The raids were carried out jointly by the flying squad of the excise department of Khurda and Cuttack at the Radhamohanpur and Matha Sahi areas here to bust the racket involved in brown sugar smuggling from Jaleswar and Balasore to various places including Cuttack and Khurda.
Acting on a tip-off about the illegal activity, the team of excise officials raided the Radhamohanpur and Matha Sahi areas and nabbed the duo. The cops also seized contraband worth around Rs 30 lakh from their possession.
A case has been registered and the accused persons were taken into police custody. Further investigation is on, the officials added.