4 rice millers booked for embezzling paddy worth Rs 7 cr

  • Surinder Maan, Hindustan Times, Moga
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2014 19:09 IST

Four rice millers of Ajitwal and Badhni Kalan in the district have been booked for allegedly misappropriating paddy worth more than Rs 7 crore of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC) and Punjab Markfed. Sources revealed that some employees of the PSWC and Markfed have also come under scanner for this. No arrest has been made so far.

Police officials said that the district manager of the PSWC and Markfed officials had submitted separate complaints to the senior superintendent of police of Moga in this regard. The complainants had demanded the registration of a fraud case against the rice millers, who allegedly did not deposit back the full stock.

According to police, the PSWC had allotted 90,575.80 quintal paddy in 2,58,788 bags to the Joga Agro Industry at Ajitwal village in this district for milling in 2012-13.

As per information, during the primary investigation, officials of the department found that, after milling, the rice miller had deposited 36,919 quintal rice to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) but the rice miller allegedly failed to deposit 29,748 quintal rice worth Rs 5.6 crore in the account of FCI.

After receiving this complaint, the SSP had ordered a probe into the matter and registered a criminal case under various sections of IPC against Gurbhej Kumar, a resident of Gurdeep Singh Nagar, and Lovelesh Kumar, a resident of Jagraon in Ludhiana district.

In another case, Sukhjit Singh, manager of the Markfed of Ajitwal branch, had submitted a complaint to the SSP's office that Markfed had allotted paddy for milling to the High-Tak Food Industry of Ajitwal, but during special checking by the Markfed, it was found that rice worth Rs 78.9 lakh was allegedly missing from the mill.

As per the complaint, Markfed had provided 31,982.65 quintal paddy for milling to the High-Tak mill, but during the physical verification, the authorities found that 4,011 quintal rice was allegedly missing. The police have also booked Gurbhej Kumar of Jagraon in this connection.

Similarly, the district police have also booked Arun Jain, owner of the Dhaliwal Agro-Tak Rice Mill of Badhni Kalan and his aides for allegedly defrauding Rs 1.7 crore of Markfed. Police officials said that Nishan Singh, district manager of the Markfed, had complained to the SSP that the Markfed had allotted 57,361.15 quintal paddy for milling in 2012-2013.

Police officials said that while senior officials of the Markfed inspected the stock kept in the mill on June 30, they found that 9,588.25 quintal paddy was missing from the mill's stock.

Jatinder Singh Khaira, SSP, said, "Further investigation is underway in this regard. A special team has been formed for to probe the matter."

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