Another sugar scam surfaces

SEIZURE TRIGGERS ROW BETWEEN POLICE, CAPD

UMER MAQBOOL /SHAHID RAFIQ

Srinagar/Kupwara, Mar 27: With investigation in multi-crore intra-state sugar scam still underway, police have unearthed another scam of sugar meant for public distribution in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, by seizing 90 quintals of sugar and arresting seven persons including three Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department officials.
 Deputy Superintendent of Police Kupwara Dawood Ahmed said that 90 quintals of sugar were seized from when the vehicle was on way to Ganderbal for selling sugar in open market.
 “Acting on a tip off , we seized sugar and arrested seven persons including three CAPD officials who are involved in it . We have also seized both challans including CAPD challan provided to SRTC vehicle,” he said, adding that more arrests are likely to take place.
 However, CAPD maintains that sugar was shifted in another truck as SRTC vehicle developed technical snag.
 Talking to Greater Kashmir, Director CAPD, and Abdul Waheed Tak said that sugar seized by police was meant for public distribution.
 “Actually the SRTC vehicle in which it was ferried to Lone Harrey and Furkiyan developed some fault and it was shifted to another vehicle which is at the disposal of department at Gushi,” he said.
 However, police said it seized the truckload of sugar from Gushi village that was being diverted from State Food Corporations Godowns at Bumhama.
 “Police received inputs that a sugar truckload  is  being  diverted to Srinagar  via Bohipora Gushi by-pass road by a contractor in connivance  with some officials of CAPD and immediately a team from police station Kupwara swung into action and intercepted the truckload of sugar with fake documents. We have seized the truck and arrested the persons involved in black marketing of sugar,’ said SSP Kupwara V.K Birdhi.
 An FIR vide No-63/11 under sections 409,109 RPC has been registered.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Mar 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Mar 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 IST




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