Srinagar: In yet another mega scam involving the loot of food grains, at least 20 trucks loaded with rice meant for the Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) Baramulla, PEG, have reportedly been hijacked as they did not reach their scheduled destination, informed sources revealed here Tuesday.

Official documents in possession of local news agency, PTK revealed that some 20 trucks loaded with rice left from Punjab never reached its address in Kashmir, as the same were diverted and sold in private markets.  

These trucks bearing registration numbers PB32P-2971, PB32P-8871, PB32P-5171, PB32P-3971 and PB32P-4271,  7971-PB32A, 5171-PB 32P, 3871-PB32P, 4571-PB 32P, 6771-PB 32L, 3179-PB 32 P, 4171-PB32 P, 2071-PB32 P, 8771-PB09 Q; Challan numbers 279-49, 279-50, 279-18, 279-25, 279-28, 279-29, 284-51, 279-48, 284-52; date of loading 28, 28, 27, 27, 27, 27,28, 28, 28 of November 2015 respectively.

Investigation revealed the scam is just the tip of the iceberg while the officials pass the buck when asked a question or two about the loot. “Some top officers of FCI of the rank of managers are involved in this,” sources in the department said. 

The documents and photocopies of Challans in possession of PTK reveal a different story as narrated by some officials. “As per the photocopy of challans received from district office Jalandhar the date of unloading may be read as 15/17-Jan-2016.”

The Committee has checked the receipt register and master ledger of PEG Baramulla of those particular dates. It has been observed that on 15 Jan 2016 only 7 trucks had been unloaded at PEG Baramulla out of which 2 trucks were received from district office Jammu and 5 from district office Gurdaspur, Punjab on 17 -Jan 2016 (being Sunday). But not even a single truck has been unloaded at PEG Baramulla, read the documents.

The challans, which sources say are forged, however, bear the sign of the authorities concerned showing trucks have been unloaded” at the supposed location at PEG Baramulla.  But the committee report has found that not even a single truck has been unloaded. (PTK)