Plastic bags banned worth Rs1.5 lakh seized

Nagpur: Banned plastic items worth Rs1.5 lakh were seized by the authorities on Monday during a major raid.

Crime branch 4 of the city police, acting on a tip-off, laid a trap at Chinchbhavan on Wardha Road, where a vehicle was carrying around 1,000 kilograms of banned polythene bags. The team led by police sub-inspector PS Mohekar had the vehicle intercepted.

Wardha Road has become a hotspot for illegal transportation of banned plastic items according to police officials. What is interesting is that the vehicle seized and the accused arrested are all from Wardha.

The two arrested are Ravi Adani, a 30, and Girish Adani, a 32-year-old driver. Police also imposed an Rs5,000 fine on them, as required by the law.

The police handed the confiscated plastic over to the Nehru Nagar district of the Nuisance Detection Squad (NDS) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation. This is the first time city police take action against plastic banned. Earlier the NDS and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) carried out such raids.

Around 3,500 kg of banned plastic items had been seized by MPCB along with other civil authorities in March last year. The consignment had been transported from Gujarat to the city and had very thin plastic bags below 20 microns. The authorities confiscated 2,385 kg of banned goods valued at over Rs10 lakh MPCB in October 2018 reportedly shut down all the banned bags manufacturing units in the State.

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