The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha has seized 302.18 kg of unfinished precious stones of Ruby and Panna in Odisha’s Kalahandi district on Sunday. The STF also arrested one for the illegal possession of precious stones from Palash village under Junagarh police, Kalahandi.

The person has been identified as Sujit Kumar Meher, son of Rameshwar Meher of Palash village.

Acting on a tip-off, the Special Task Force conducted raids at several places in the Junagarh area. During one such raid, four gunny bags containing unfinished stones of Ruby and Panna were seized from the accused’s house.

A case has been lodged at Junagarh police station under 379/411 IPC Sec 12 of Odisha Mineral Prevention of Theft and Smuggling and others (Unlawful Activities Act, 1988).

Police have launched an investigation to nab the rest involved in the racket.