Officials said that the sacks of smuggled grains were changed with those having label of Punjab government. However, on proper checking the sleuths recovered sacks bearing stamp of Himachal Pradesh civil supply department.
The drivers of the truck could not produce valid papers regarding transportation of the consignment.
This is the third such incident reported this year, in which PDS ration being smuggled to outer states was recovered.
Earlier also, the Chamba police had seized wheat and rice meant for public distribution, which was being transported illegally to outer states from remote Tissa and Salooni area of the district.
Meanwhile, CID officials arrested the two truck drivers, Anoop Kumar and Raj Kumar and a case has been registered against them at Bharari police station under relevant sections of the IPC and HP State Essential Commodity Act.
“We are investigating all such cases and are trying to find out as to how many more people are involved in the smuggling of the essential commodities,” Jagat Ram, superintendent of police (SP), Chamba, said, adding that the police have got a lead in the case and efforts are being made to trace the receiver of grains in Punjab.