Navy hold stock of kendu leaves | Daily News


Navy hold stock of kendu leaves

The Navy during a special search operation conducted in the coast area of Marawila on Saturday had apprehended six suspects with about 506 KG of kendu leaves to be smuggled into the country via sea.

Two suspects were apprehended as they were smuggling the kendu leaves in 16 sacks on a dinghy. The Navy also seized a lorry with four prospective buyers who had come to the beach to transport the stock.

The beedi wrapping industry uses kendu leaves with tobacco in several districts.

Though these products are popular among the low income rural and urban community and the fishing community, the use of beedi products is highly unhealthy.

The suspects have been identified as the residents of Pesalei, Pannala and Eluwankulam, aged between 18 to 50 years. The suspects along with the stock, dinghy and lorry were handed over to the Marawila Police.

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