Now onions have been stolen in Maharashtra - The New Indian Express

Now onions have been stolen in Maharashtra

Published: 20th November 2013 10:02 PM

Last Updated: 20th November 2013 10:05 PM

With the spiralling prices of onions has now led to an incident which was feared – onions being a subject of theft. The incident happened in Maharashtra, which is the largest producer of onion, where a truckload of fresh crop is missing since two weeks. The officials at the Kalvan police at Nashik said that it is the first time that the police station has got report of onions being stolen. Under the police investigations is 194 quintals of onions costing Rs 9.93 lakh that was despatched from Nashik to Uttar Pradesh. 

According to Kalvan police officials, Swami Samarth Enterprises, owner Anita Mahajan had purchased 194 quintals of onions from the onion markets in Nashik. The onions were packed in 424 sacks and were to be sent to Uttar Pradesh. Mahajan had booked a truck belonging to one Faizal Khan to transport the onions. The consignment was to despatched on on November 11, normally the distance between Nashik and Uttar Pradesh is 21 hours to 30 hours depending on where in Uttar Pradesh the onions have to be transported.

However Mahajan was perplexed when even after four days the onions did not reach the intended destination. Failing to locate the driver or the truck, Mahajan on November 18, filed a First Information Report (FIR) with the Kalvan police station. Kalwan police officials said that the driver of the truck whose name has only been given as Sanjay has been missing and that they suspect that the driver of the truck has sold off the onions on his own. “We suspect he did not even enter Uttar Pradesh but could have sold it in Madhya Pradesh or elsewhere,"  said a Police officer from Kalwan police station. Three teams of police officials have been formed to trace the driver and the vehicle under the supervision of Inspector Vilas Sonavane.

Changdev Holkar a member of NAFED said that though it is not a common occurrence, such incidences of theft are known to occur every time whenever prices go through the roof. “The years in which prices of onion go up, we see one or two such instances,’’ said Holkar. He explained that there are inter-state syndicates that target food items whose prices have risen sharply. He said trucks hundreds of sugar have gone missing when the sugar prices go up and added that that in most of the cases the traders come to know about the robbery very late as the traders are also aware that on certain occasions the truck could have a break down on route to delivery. "However when you do not hear from the driver of the truck and the delivery to the intended destination is delayed by more than two days then you need to go to the police immediately," said Holkar.

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