MALKANGIRI : Around2,300 kg of ganja worth over `two crore was seized and seven persons arrested by Orkel police here on Tuesday.
Informing this to mediapersons on Wednesday, SDPO Rahul PR said the accused are Lachhu Randhari, Manglu Gond, Mahadev Patra and Budu Bhatra of Nabarangpur and Gyani Harijan, Tulsiram Charki and Lokesh Bhatra of Koraput district. They were arrested for possessing the contraband.
A police patrolling team spotted a large group of people carrying the consignment packed in sacks on the Somnathpur-Pilakusumi road under Orkel police limits near Govindpalli on Tuesday evening. As the police team advanced towards the group, some of them ran away leaving their sacks in which the contraband was kept behind, while seven persons were caught and the ganja seized, the SDPO informed.
The consignment was being sent to different places in Chhattisgarh via Nabarangpur, he said, adding that the seized cannabis weighing two tonnes and 300 grams was valued at around `two crore. A case has been registered and investigation is underway.