SRINAGAR Two persons including a truck driver were arrested and around 200 bags of government supply rice meant for public distribution was seized in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.
A senior police officer said that acting on a specific information, a police party from police station Dhamhaal Hanjipora established a naka near J&K Bank Dhamhaal Hanjipora on yesterday evening.
“During the course of vehicular checking, a truck bearing registration number JK05-7633 on way towards D.H.pora from Srinagar was intercepted,” he said.
During checking, approximately 200 bags of government supply rice were found inside the above said vehicle, he said.
“On questioning the truck, driver revealed his name as Mohammad Shafi son of Bashir Ahmed Sheikh of Nandwan Uri, who was unable to give a satisfactory answer regarding the authenticity of the Rice,” the officer said.
Accordingly, a case FIR number 67/2019 U/S 420, 409, 120B, 3/7 EC Act dated 24-07-2019 was registered in police station Dhamhaal Hanjipora and investigation was set into motion, the officer said.
The truck and rice was seized and the driver was arrested, he said.
“During questioning the driver revealed that Shahid Ahmed Bangroo son of Abdul Hameed Bangroo of Mirjanpora, Eidgah Srinagar has procured govt supply rice from various government stores in Srinagar and has changed the packaging of rice to 777-Pure Ratna Rice in connivance with some CAPD employees and was trying to supply it in District kulgam against hafty amounts,” the officer said.
The accused Shahid Ahmed Bangroo has also been arrested and many more arrests are expected in coming days, he said. GNS