New Delhi: A 27-year-old man from Mumbai has earned eye-popping Rs 49.14 lakh by selling banned gutkha and other tobacco products during the lockdown period, police said on Saturday. Police also seized gutkha worth Rs 5.53 lakh from the arrested accused Rakesh Kumar Gupta, a resident of suburban Mankhurd, during a raid on Friday, a crime branch official said. Also Read - Unlock 2: Maharashtra Working on Guidelines For Opening of Hotels, Restaurants; Final Date to be Out Soon

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“Police found huge cash and a large number of tobacco substances, which were stocked to sale at higher prices, with Gupta. He was trying to flee to his home state Uttar Pradesh, but we foiled his bid,” the official said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Death Toll Nears 20000-mark; Recovery Rate More Than Active Cases | Top Developments

Gupta told us that he had earned Rs 49.14 lakh by selling gutkha and other tobacco-related products at a higher price during the period of lockdown, the official said.

Gupta had been charged on similar charges earlier by Mankhurd Police.