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Several traders booked for illegal paddy inflow

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Bathinda/Muktsar, October 19

In four separate cases, the Bathinda police have arrested one person and impounded four of the five trucks and two tractors transporting over 122 tonnes of paddy from other states for illegal sale in Punjab.

138 tonnes seized, 5 held in Sirhind

  • The Sirhind police have booked five persons for allegedly transporting paddy from UP to be sold in the Fatehgarh Sahib grain markets and impounded five trucks carrying 138 tonnes of paddy
  • Sirhind police station in charge GS Sikand said the accused used to buy paddy at cheaper rates from UP and Bihar to sell it in the state

Several traders have also been booked, who, as per the preliminary investigation, purchased paddy at lower rates in other states to sell it at a much higher price in grain markets across the state.

Bathinda SSP Bhupinderjit Singh Virk said: "Eight police posts have set up on roads bordering Haryana in Bathinda district. Teams have been instructed to keep tabs on vehicles laden with paddy coming from the neighbouring states."

In Muktsar, farmers today intercepted a paddy-laden truck near Gidderbaha. The police have registered a case against a rice mill which is owned by SAD's Muktsar district (Urban) president Amit Bansal, alias Shimpy, a local broker, Nishant Mittal, and a Kanpur-based firm, which allegedly supplied the paddy here. The farmers alleged the illegal practice was going on unabated despite the fact that they had alerted the administrationlong ago. Nearly 15 trucks and some tractor-trailers have been intercepted in Gidderbaha so far.

160 quintals seized, 2 held

Abohar: The police today arrested drivers of two vehicles and seized 160 quintals of paddy that was being illegally transported from Rajasthan to the new grain market here. The Market Committee yesterday served a notice to a firm over paddy bought from neighbouring states. — TNS

from The Tribune

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