18 quintals of PDS rice seized as police busts gang; three arrested

Srinagar—The police on Friday claimed to have busted a gang by seizing 18 quintals of PDS rice from it in Srinagar.

A police officer said that on February 1, one passenger auto (JK01S-5376) was inter­cepted at a routine check post near police station Soura and it was found loaded with six sealed gunny bags of PDS rice.

The auto was driven by one Tanveer Ahmad Beigh of Shah Mohalla Ahmednagar and another person Mohammad Ashraf Shah alias Aashiq Shah son Mohammad Subhan Shah of Bewara Danmar Sangam Sri­nagar was accompanying him. The duo was arrested and auto seized on spot, the officer said.

A case (FIR No. 15/2018) un­der RPC sections of 409, 411 and 120-B was registered in Police Station Soura and investiga­tion taken up.

“The arrested persons dis­closed that they had illegally bought the rice from one Gov­ernment store Keeper, Moham­mad Haneef Dar of Awantab­hawan , at present Ellahibagh Soura who runs the PDS store (Shali store) at Ellahibagh Sou­ra. The government store keeper was accordingly arrested,” the officer according to GNS said.

During the interrogation, the officer said, Dar disclosed that he “illegally” sells the PDS Rice actually meant for public distribution to one person who he identified as Bashir Ahmad Wani of Narwara Eidgah.

Accordingly, he said, during further investigation 30 bags of PDS rice which he had repack­aged illegally into duplicate “Apple Brand” rice bags. “One sewing machine, weighing ma­chine and sewing thread was also recovered from the spot and accused person was arrest­ed,” police said. The further investigation of the case was going on, the officer added.

The PDS rice was actually meant for public distribution and the “criminal breach of trust” by the accused persons causes food scarcity among the general masses, the officer said.

“The accused persons were running a scandal of misappro­priating PDS food grains and then selling it by repackaging and rebranding it as “apple brand rice” and selling it to gullible peo­ple on higher rates thereby earn­ing illegal profit,” he said. (GNS)





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