According to a report from The Hindu on December 13th, the police in Bengaluru and Kottayam conducted raids on two gift shops and seized e-cigarette products worth Rs 2.6 million. In addition to this, the authorities arrested five individuals including the owners of these gift shops and those involved in the illegal sale of banned products to customers in the city and surrounding areas.
After obtaining specific information, the police conducted a search and seized e-cigarettes as well as some foreign brands of cigarettes. The suspects have been registered by the police and will face charges under the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). The police are currently conducting further investigations to determine the origin and network of the defendants.
The police have ramped up their vigilance across the city, closely monitoring the potential sale of drugs and other prohibited items during the upcoming New Year celebrations.