Malkangiri: A vehicle stuffed with ganja (dry cannabis) caught fire on National Highway near the MV-17 area of Malkangiri district on Tuesday.
It is being alleged that the driver and other occupants attempted to evade a checkpoint but because of the fire, they had to escape leaving behind the vehicle at the spot.
Receiving information, fire services personnel rushed to the site and doused the flames but the vehicle was completely burnt by the time they managed to extinguish the fire.
A huge stash of contraband packed in boxes and buckets was recovered from the car.
Police officials have initiated an investigation and are trying to trace the vehicle owner based on the chassis number. Further probe is on.