Crime

Ganja racket busted, nine arrested in city

Bhubaneswar: In a major jolt to the ganja smuggling racket in the city, Excise sleuths arrested nine persons and seized about 69 kg of ganja from Khandagiri and Baramunda area.

Of the nine arrested persons, five people belong to Phulbani and one each from Bhubaneswar and Ganjam.

The Excise flying squad of Khurda and Cuttack divisions raided the suspected hideouts of the gang arrested the nine members.

Ganja or marijuana is being cultivated unhindered in the Maoist stronghold in State and there is a well-developed network to dry, refine and smuggle it out to various corners of the country.

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