Srinagar, June 1: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said to have recovered 366 bags of illicitly ferried rice from two trucks belonging to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in Pattan area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on the Srinagar-Kupwara highway.
News agency GNS while quoting a police statement reported that the two rice laden trucks bearing registration numbers JK-02V 6397 and JK-09 3233 and laden with 366 bags of rice driven by Mohammad Jamal Hajam, a resident of Madmadow Kalaroos Kupwara and Jahangir Ahmad Bhat of Bumhama Kupwara respectively were seized at a checkpoint established at Hanjiwera Pattan on Monday following specific inputs about the black marketing of the foodgrain.
The recovery was made under the supervision of Zaffar Mehdi, SDPO Pattan who seized both the trucks even as the two drivers were also apprehended.
Police said the rice was loaded in the trucks from FCI Godown Kralhar in Baramulla and was meant to be transported to Kulangam in nearby district Kupwara.
"However, instead of taking the rice to the intended place (Kulangam, Kupwara), the trucks were on way to Srinagar for black marketing of (now seized) rice," the police challan reads.
A police official told GNS that a case vide FIR number 152/2021 stands registered in the case in Police Station Pattan under relevant sections of law.