Tobacco products such as Pan Parag and gutka whose manufacture, storage and sale were banned by the Tamil Nadu government last month were seized from shops on Gandhi Road and Babu Rao Street here on Wednesday.

This was following a raid conducted by the officials of Vellore Corporation, and Food Safety and Revenue Departments.

A team comprising E. Devakumar, Corporation Engineer and Commissioner-in-charge of Vellore Corporation, Food Safety Officer Gowri Sundar and officials of the Revenue Department conducted the raid and warned shop-keepers against storage or sale of the banned stuff.

The raid follows instructions from Collector P. Sankar at the first district-level review meeting convened by him at the Collectorate here on Monday in connection with the enforcement of the notification issued by the State Government on May 23 .

The Collector asked police, Transport and Commercial Taxes Department officials to involve the Food Safety officials also when they conduct vehicle checks on the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu-Karnataka borders in Vellore district .

The Collector has asked the officials to continue the raids.

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