The reporters of leading daily, who visited paan shops asking for gutka, were entertained only if the shop owners knew them. A paan shop owner on Sarojini Devi Road said, “We sell only to people known to us. We can’t sell gutka openly. But the mixture of paan masala and zarda can be sold. ”
“We are not selling it anymore. They pay a large amount and ask us to get a big stock for them. It is mostly delivered to their homes. We do not keep it in the shop” said by raj kumar, Rani Ganj shop owner.
“ Mujhe mere cheez chahiye; saab mera saman deh do; mere rani hai kya; mujhe meri dawai chahiye’ and other slangs are used instead of asking for gutka” said by another shop owner from Monda Market.
Limited stocks are kept in the shop as the food inspectors conduct raids frequently. , if anyone asks for more than two to three packets, they are not entertained as the paan shop owners get suspicious. New customers are introduced by old customers and only then are they entertained.
A senior Telangana State food inspector said, “We know it is being sold, but have no inspectors for regulation. There are hardly any staffs and raids have to be carried out regularly to stop them. Carrying out a raid once in six months does not help.” And legally manufacturing units closed.