Two gutka producing factories in Karachi’s Sukhan, a locality in Malir, were sealed on Thursday after a police raid.
Gutka worth hundreds of thousands of rupees and machinery has been seized.
Malir SSP Irfan Bahadur said that the factories were operating under police supervision. “Eleven people have been arrested and an inquiry will be initiated against the officers involved,” he said.
In November last year, the police seized huge quantities of gutka during raids in different areas in Karachi. Gutka is a chewable form of tobacco made from crushed areca nut, tobacco, paraffin wax and flavouring.
The Sindh High Court directed on October 20 the local administration to continue its crackdown against the sale of addictive substances like gutka, mawa and mainpuri. On October 1, 2017, the Sindh cabinet imposed a ban on the sale and use of sheesha, gutka and mainpuri.