Grain Drain: 10,000 quintals of rice missing from Govt granary

Crime Branch Raids Letpora CAPD Godown

SRINAGAR: Crime Branch today raided the godowns of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) at Letpora, Awantipur and found 10,000 quintals of rice missing from there. A case has been registered and investigations launched.

Well placed sources said the sleuths of Crime Branch raided Letpora food granary wherein they found over 9600 quintals of rice missing. “Even the officials had tried to get some rice from market to show that everything was ok in the granary but they could not deceive us,” said a top officer in the Crime Branch.

Sources in the Crime Branch said so far there have been no arrests of any officials but the investigation is on.   

The raid, according to reports followed complaints from the residents of Letpora alleging that instead of distributing rice among people, the CAPD employees in league with officials were selling it in black market.

According to one report, when CB sleuths raided the godowns, some employees fled from the spot.

Incharge Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch while confirming the raid said that the rice stores of CAPD have been sealed and a case has been registered.

“We have registered a case vide FIR number 29/2013 under section 409 of RPC and investigation has been taken up. So far we have not arrested any person in this regard, however, we have called certain officials for questioning,” he said.

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