Nearly 1000 Kilograms of tobacco and a stock of Beedi all worth some Rs.1.5 million were taken into custody by the Matale Excise Department yesterday during a raid on a Beedi manufacturing centre in Galewela.
Excise officers had arrested three people including the person who owned the manufacturing centre, which was being operated without a valid permit.
They alleged that well-known trade names had been pasted on the Beedi wrappings and that the tobacco was mixed with saw dust in the manufacture of the Beedies. (News and pix by Mahesh Keerthirathne)
Comments - 7
Just4Justice Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:13 AM
Ban the Beedi Completely! It not only ruins the health of the smoker but also the other people who live next.
Rajan Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:17 AM
Whether permit necessary for cottage industry
DeSelva Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:53 AM
Needed for the CHOGAM meeting
Mongol Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:07 AM
How about banning chewing betel leaves - the most common past time of villagers.
Prof. Calculas Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:34 AM
Shows the state of the economy in Sri Lanka. From the Dunhill to the Beedi.
S.A.K. Makok Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:36 AM
Yes..go after the poor mans fags...while the drug dealers do as they please
onceaproudsrilankan Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:48 AM
the guy who is caught has a easy reply to getaway. "Sir, I am sorry I cannot remember this incident" is all he has to say.
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