Magistrate-led team seize over 60 rice trucks in Sumbal, sends samples to FSL 

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By Fast Kashmir on 23/12/2017.

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Srinagar, Dec 23: An official team led by a magistrate raided at a godown at Peg Shelwat area of Sumbal in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district and seized hundreds of quintals of rice suspected to be sub-standard.

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Concerned Tehsildar Firdous Qadri told news agency GNS that the raid was carried out on directions by the higher ups and “we seized all the trucks loaded with the rice.”

“We have carried out the raid at Peg Shilwat in strict compliance to the instructions by the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora,” he said.

The officer said that the sample have been sent for FSL test. Sources said that about 60 trucks loaded with rice have been seized.

They said that there was nexus among the FCI officials, the ‘rice mafia’ and transport companies.

When contacted, Commissioner Secretary Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs,

M D Khan said that he has already ordered concerned officials to take necessary action in this regard. The government action followed stories by GNS about the supply of substandard food in the Valley.

“Incompliance to the orders, the Director (FCS&CA) ordered further process and the rice has been seized,” theCommissioner  secretary told GNS.

The seized rice, he said, has been sent to the forensic laboratory for necessary tests for confirmation.

Sources said that the substandard rice has been dumped in number of FCI godowns including FCI godown Sheikhpora, Sangrahama Peg and Peg-2 Budgam.

They also said that a number of trucks with substandard load of rice have been unloaded in Gurez for winter dumping.  They suspected that the vehicles which were ordered to be returned to Punjab were routed to Gurez.

However, the commissioner secretary FCS&CA MD Khan rejected the reports and said that “all the trucks were 100% returned back and were not dumped anywhere.”

“In case it is proved otherwise, we will not spare anyone involved and stern action will be taken. As far as my information is concerned, all the trucks were 100% returned back to Punjab and were not dumped in any store.”   The police, he said, have also already filed an FIR and the police investigation is ongoing.

Sources said that a high-level inquiry committee is being ordered at official level and the file in this regard has been sent to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for necessary approval.  (GNS)