Malkangiri: Balimela police has arrested four journalists in connection with a ganja smuggling racket.
Acting on a tip-off, a police team intercepted a container truck at Chitrakonda area in Malkangiri district and recovered 10 quintals of ganja. During the investigation, the alleged involvement of the journalists came to the fore, following which they were taken to police custody.
The arrested persons were allegedly helping the ganja smugglers in transporting the banned substance from Andhra Pradesh to Punjab via Malkangiri.
Though during preliminary interrogation they have revealed their identity as journalists, police have started further investigation to ascertain the whereabouts of the arrested persons and their links with ganja peddlers outside the district.