Fake cigarettes from Malaysia flood Kerala market; Rs 25000 worth cigarettes seized in Malappuram.
Nilambur: Fake cigarettes were seized from various shops in Nilambur during a raid conducted by the police the other day. A team led by Nilambur Circle Inspector Sunil Pullikal conducted raids in Nilambur town and Chandakunnu and seized fake cigarettes from 4 shops. Mathrubhumi had published a report the other day on the sale of fake cigarettes which are increasing alarmingly in Kerala and the huge revenue loss to the state. Sale of fake cigarettes without paying the tax incurs huge revenue loss to the state government. At the same time, use of these cigarettes will lead to serious health issues too
These fake cigarettes reach Kerala through ship from Malaysia and Sri Lanka. M,Tirur is the main point from where these cigarettes are distributed to different parts of the state.
The police seized fake cigarettes worth Rs 25,000 from shops in Nilambur Kodathipadi, Veetikuttu Road and from Chandakunnu. As many as 3000 cigarettes belonging to 15 brands were seized. The statutory warning that is inscribed on the covers of all cigarette brands are missing. The seized cigarettes also include beedi-like rolled cigarettes.