Anti-Narcotics busted three shops in the Sitabuldi, Sakkardara, and Lakadganj neighbourhoods. The Crime Branch’s Cell confiscated illegal electronic cigarettes worth Rs 2.55 lakh. Three store owners were arrested by the police for selling vaping products unlawfully.
A team from the Anti-Narcotics Cell raided R K Traders in Dharampeth Coffee House Square after receiving a tip, and they found e-cigarettes worth Rs 1,02,700 inside. Rishabh Rameshkumar Lalwani, 25, was arrested by the police for selling e-cigarettes without a licence.
The second raid at Texas Smoke Shop in the Sakkardara neighbourhood netted Ashish Amritlal Shahu vaping equipment worth Rs. 1.22 lakh.
Similarly, the team conducted searches at Shree Sai & Company in Lakadganj and seized e-cigarettes worth Rs 30,00. Cops booked Suraj Tarachand Dewani (29) for selling the banned products. The raids were conducted by Senior PI Manoj Sidam, API Rahul Dongare, API Vikas Dande and others under the supervision of CP Amitesh Kumar, Jt CP Aswati Dorje, Addl CP (Crime) Neeva Jain, DCP (Detection) Mummaka Sudarshan and ACP (Crime) Roshan Pandit.