Paradip: The Paradeep Model police have busted a smuggling racket with the seizure of a huge quantity of imported cigarettes from a bus here on Sunday night. Four persons have been arrested in this connection and 27 packets of a UK-based brand of cigarettes has been seized.
The accused were identified as Jagannath Mandal, Ranjan Mallick and Siba Prasad Das of Jagannath Colony, and Sujit Maiti of West Bengal. They were apprehended by the police while the cigarettes were being smuggled from Paradip to Kolkata in a bus.
Maiti is a helper in a passenger bus while Ranjan is a pick-up vehicle driver. Police have booked them under Sections 379, 411 and 34 of the IPC and forwarded to a local court. Further investigation is on.