SRINAGAR Authorities Sunday raided a residential house at Kralkhud area of this summer capital city of Jammu and Kashmir and recovered a huge quantity of subsidized rice meant for sale at government fair price stores.
The rice was repackaged into bags of popular rice brands, an official spokesperson said.
The raid was carried out after a tip-off about the fraudulent dealing. Executive magistrate M A Shah conducted the raid after getting a search warrant recovering a cache of subsidised rice being repackaged at the site, the spokesperson said.
The culprits were arrested and an investigation into the matter has been initiated. District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who has directed for a sustained campaign against unlawful business dealings including food adulteration and profiteering in the district said the culprits will be handed due punishments, the spokesperson said.
The District Magistrate said official involvement in the illegal dealing is also being investigated assuring of the toughest punition to whoever found involved. The raid was in pursuance of ongoing efforts of the district administration to check unlawful food business dealings in the district.
Following complaints from several areas of Kashmir regarding price hike and hoarding during the holy month of Ramazan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir had ordered all Deputy Commissioners to launch a sustained campaign against black marketers and hoarders.
Subsequently, authorities have seized hundreds of kilos of rotten and stale food items and also slapped fines on traders found violating norms.