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33,000 masks worth Rs 8 lakh seized from South Mumbai, one person held

The police got a tip-off following which a constable visited the accused Ansari’s home as a customer to buy a mask.

Updated: Apr 04, 2020 20:09 IST

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai

People wear protective mask during the lockdown over COVID-19 in Mumbai. (ANI File / Representational Photo )

Mumbai Police’s crime branch unit 2 seized 33,000 three-ply masks worth Rs 8.25 lakh from Agripada on Thursday and arrested a shop keeper, Abdulsamad Subroti Ansari, 42, for allegedly illegally storing the masks at his home in Bharucha compound and selling them in black market.

“We got tip-off, following which a constable visited Ansari’s home as a customer to buy a mask. Ansari took Rs 25 from the constable for one mask, despite the government putting a price cap of Rs 10 on the sale of 3-ply masks,” said police inspector Sanjay Nikumbhe of crime branch unit 2.

The police then raided Ansari’s house and handed him over to Agripada police for further probe, said Nikumbhe.

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