Nagpur: Police has busted a very big racket on Wednesday and has recovered 445 quintals of rice, Which costs around Rs 7.56 lakh, Which was distributed free of cost to the economically weaker sections or was provided at a subsidized rate during the pandemic of covid. The racketeer was taking these rice to mills in the Gondia district to polish it and then selling it through upmarket outlets at very high rates.
Police officials had raided a godown owned by Mohd Ismail Issac near Dighori bridge in the early hours. The police campaign may also unearth this scam in the Public Distribution System (PDS), Because around 25 sealed sacks of rice, 50 kg each, were found along with the labels of various state governments.
About 500 other empty sacks bearing the labels of various state governments like Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and others have also been found. The police is currently investigating the source of these sacks.
The team of Ganesh Biradar, ACP, has recovered about 890 sacks of rice. Along with this, about 400 sacks from a vehicle were stopped while being unloaded in the warehouse, while 490 sacks were found piled up.
CP Amitesh Kumar had earlier said that this year the police will crackdown on the racket in Public Distribution System.
Transport Companies Engaged
ACP Birdar has said that two rackets identified as Amol Lambare and Ahmed Raza Mohd Qasim have also been arrested, While transporters, warehouse owners, and mill owners based in Gondia are also involved in this or not, it is still being investigated.
The ACP, headed by a team comprising Sunil Vishwakarma, Nandlal Sharma, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, and Santosh Pandey, also said that some rice rackets were sold by drivers of transport companies engaged to transport these grains to government godowns like the Food Corporation of India.
He said that the truckers used to steal rice grains from their consignments on the weighbridges and then gave them to the rackets. A case has been registered against those who took the racket under the Essential Commodities Act. They are probing how these rice grains reached the Gondia mills and who is involved in the chain.