Bhubaneswar: There has been as much as 807.166% increase in the seizure of brown sugar in the State from 5610.014 grams in 2019 to 45282.106 grams in 2021 (up to 30th of October) which means seizure of the contraband drug has octupled in roughly three years.
This was revealed by Excise Minister Nirajan Pujari in a written reply to a question asked by MLA Sanjeev Kumar Mallick in the Odisha Assembly today.
As per information shared by the Minister, while 5610.014 gram of brown sugar was seized in the year 2019, 39452.358 gram of it was seized in 2020 and 45282.106 gram was seized in 2021 (up to October 30).
The Minister informed the House that the Excise department is taking several measures to contain smuggling of drugs through inter-state roads and rail routes and villages from neighbouring States especially West Bengal, he added.
Pujari informed that extensive raids are being conducted at the district level by Excise officials, district Multi-Disciplinary Squads (MDSs).
That apart to curb inter-state smuggling of narcotics, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Special Task Force (STF) of the Crime Branch police are keeping a close watch on inter-state smugglers and are taking strict action and registering cases against traffickers, he added.