The local administration on Thursday raided the business premises of several traders to unearth urea stocks. Deputy commissioner (DC) KM Pandurang led the raiding team which included the officers of the administration and police.
It has been learnt that the administration found some irregularities during the raids as one of the traders, storing urea, was not registered with the concerned department. The DC ordered action against him.
A spokesman of the administration said the farmers had complained that several traders were refusing to provide urea citing unavailability but in fact they were blackmarketing the same. "The allegations of the farmers were found to be correct in certain cases. The doors of such premises were broke open whose owners didn't turn up even after being informed about the raids," the spokesperson said.
During the past few days, the farmers have been demonstrating at several places in this area and they have even resorted to road blockades against the 'scarity' of urea, which they term has been created by the dealers of fertilisers. They alleged that their crops were facing destruction in absence of urea while 'traders were busy in making money by blackmarketing the same.'