Saju Mia, Shibganj (Bogra) Representative:

RAB-12 has seized a large number of fake cigarettes and labels of SM Tobacco from the Shibganj Municipal Area in Bogra on the charge of tax evasion. The operation was conducted from 11 am to 4:30 pm on Monday based on secret information.

According to RAB, the owner of SM Tobacco is Suraiya Sarkar. Initially, 37,000 counterfeit labels and 32,000 packets of cigarettes were seized during the operation. Its market value is around 12 lakh rupees. During the raid, six employees of the company, including VAT assistant Mithu Chandra Mohanty, were detained for preliminary questioning.

Sajal Kumar Sarkar, company commander (senior superintendent of police) in charge of RAB-12, said the operation was carried out based on secret information that cigarettes were being manufactured through tax evasion. A large number of counterfeit cigarettes and labels were seized during the operation. Legal action will be taken against the company subject to investigation.