Imphal: Banned tobacco products seized by the Food Safety Administration of Manipur Health Department have been destroyed inside the complex of Sagolmang Police Station in front of the public by burning down to ashes, on Wednesday.
The destroyed seized tobacco products included 17 bags of Talab Pan Masala and T-5 Royal Chewing Tobacco, 2 bags of Nevla Tobacco and 80 packets of Saajan Tobacco.
Speaking on the sideline, Designated Office of the Food Safety Administration, Imphal East and Medical Directorate, Lamphel Tekcham Brojendro Khaba Meitei said that the destroyed tobacco products are estimated to worth around Rs. 1.5 lakh.
He said the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has already informed the general public not to use or consume the said tobacco products during this Covid-19 crisis, as after consuming these tobacco products the consumers longs to spit which can led to further spread of Covid-19 in the area where that he/she had spit.
Brojendro further said that spitting in public, consumption of alcohol and use and consumption of tobacco products in the public area has been banned in an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and the same also by a notification issued by the Health Department, Government of Manipur, Secretariat.
Brojendro also said that the destroyed ban tobacco products were seized on Monday at around 9:30 pm from a vehicle bearing registration number MN06L 1733 from Uyumpok Mamang Leikai near Football ground by volunteers of Village Development Sporting Club, Pukhao Laipham and local Meira Paibis along with Police personnel of Sagolmang Police Station while the vehicle was unloading the ban tobacco products.
The seized tobacco products which have been banned by the law of the country and with an aim to somewhat prevent the spread of pandemic Vodi-19 in the State and in view of the public interest, the tobacco products were destroyed to ashes in front of the public, he added.
Brojendro appeals to the people of the State who are doing business not to do business on the products that have been banned by the law of the Country and urged the public to give support to apprehend such ban products by informing to the District Level Designated Officers of Food Safety and Food Safety Officers.