The Assam police have busted a scam involving the supply of government rice by seizing one lakh bags of the cereal, belonging to the Food Corporation of India’s Meghalaya unit, from a private godown in Kamrup district while the food item was being repackaged for selling.
A joint operation conducted by the police and district administration seized the bags, stuffed with FCI rice from the godown of a private company in Chaygoan Industrial Development Centre, Chhatabari under Boko police station recently.
According to senior officials, the irregularities came to light after villagers of Nadiar Par noticed suspicious movement of a truck laden with bags of rice and informed the police.
A team consists of Boko Police Officer-in-Charge Sanjeet Roy and Chaygoan Circle Officer Jayanta Borah seized the truck and interrogated the driver and handyman, which led them to unravel the massive irregularities taking place at the godown of the private company.
The team seized one lakh bags of FCI rice, each weighing 50 kgs, from the godown. The private company was repackaging the commodity in their own brand and then sending it to Meghalaya. The team also seized 13 trucks, from the godown and the local area, which were used for transporting the food item.
The company, identified as Maruti Quality Products Pvt Ltd (MQPPL), has a tie-up with a leading multinational food giant and their roles are being probed, they added. The MQPPL and its godown are owned by one Deepak Agarwal, who is absconding, and a joint investigation is being conducted by the police and the civil administrations.