Acting on a tip-off about human trafficking, a police team conducted a raid at a lodge at Kantabanji in Balangir district and seized Rs 80 lakh cash from the possession of accused persons.
The police team reportedly asked the accused to show documents for the money, but they have failed to do so. Following which, the cops seized the entire money and detained five persons.
The detained persons hail from outside the State, police sources said.
It is suspected that the accused persons have come to the district to take local people from weaker sections with them for ‘bonded labourers’ outside the State.
A case has been registered in this connection and further investigation is underway, police said.
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