Four persons, including ration shop owners, have been arrested on charges of circulating more than 500 bogus ration cards at Vikramangalam near Usilampatti in Madurai District, officials said.
They were rounded up following raids conducted by top Civil Supplies Department officals after receiving a complaint about the circulation of bogus cards, they said.
According to officials, they were inquiring into the role of some officials of the Civil Supplies Department in the circulation the bogus ration cards, for which supplies had been made leading to the loss of several lakhs of rupees.
"We strongly suspect that the officials have connived in the offence. There could be more arrests at the official level," said a top official on condition of anonymity.
The raid also revealed that many genuine persons did not receive their ration cards.
The Joint Commissioner of Civil Supplies Chandramohan had visited some of the shops early last week and intense audit was conducted in some ration shops suspected to have been allotted bogus ration cards.
Police arrested Singam, Assistant Secretary of the Vikramangalam Primary Cooperative Society, Ravi, salesman, and two others. All of them were remanded them to judicial custody.