Six people were arrested and around 380 kg of ganja was seized when these people were trying to transport the contraband in two different incidents in the Vizag Rural Police limits on Wednesday. A team of police arrested four persons near Payakaraopeta of Visakhapatnam when they were trying to transport around 340 kg of ganja in a car on Wednesday Morning. The police stated that the estimated market value of the contraband is around 6.4 lakh. The arrested have been identified as Rathesyam (34), Virama Ayyar (38) who are natives of Tamil Nadu while Shaik Naveedh (30) and Shaik Babajaan (35) are from Karnataka. “We nabbed the smugglers just 200 metre away from the NH-16. After reaching Tuni, the accused had plans to transport the contraband to Tamil Nadu,” the SI said, adding that a case had been registered. Acting on a tip-off, a police team intercepted the car near the Sugar factory Road at Payakaraopeta. Sub-inspector Satyanarayana said, “Having procured the hemp from the interior villages of Darakonda region in Visakhapatnam Agency, the accused stuffed it in 170 packets. They were shifting the ganja in a car”.
In a similar incident, the Narsipatnam police arrested two people from Madhya Pradesh and seized around 40 kg of ganja from a car at Pydipala Junction at around 8.30 in the morning on Wednesday. However one of the accused managed to escape. Police said that one of the three people on board, who had procured the hemp, fled after the seeing the police at Pydipala Junction.