Man Held for Bid to Smuggle 7 Ton PDS Rice

Stock had piled up as wary customers failed to turn up due to tight security

Published: 28th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2014 03:31 AM   |  A+A-

VELLORE: In a joint operation, the police personnel attached with the Vaniyambadi taluk station and the Civil Supplies-CID, Vellore, arrested a 50-year-old man for procuring and stocking over seven tonnes of PDS rice, to smuggle them to neighbouring States during the late hours of Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, a team led by Inspector of Vaniyambadi Taluk Station T Kamaraj and Civil Supplies CID T Selvam and subordinates conducted a raid in one the houses of D Sankar, a resident of Nethaji Nagar in Vaniyambadi Town, in Eriminnur village on the outskirts of Vaniyambadi town.

The police team found 148 bags of PDS rice, totally weighting 7.1 tonnes, stocked behind the house during the late hour raid on Tuesday.

The police picked Sankar for interrogation. On inquiry, he told police that he had been procuring the rice from the consumers of Public Distribution System and stocking it in one of his houses in Eriminnur. 

 “For the last five months, the stock had piled up as he  was not able to carry out his illegal activity due to tight security along the TN-AP border areas. His customers had also stopped coming to buy the rice fearing arrest and legal actions against their establishments,” said Inspector of Civil Supplies of Food Cell, Vellore, D Ashok.

The Civil Supplies police registered a case against Sankar and remanded him to the Vellore Prison.


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