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Paddy worth R6 cr embezzled; Punsup files complaint for police action

Raghbir Singh Brar , Hindustan Times   Faridkot, September 10, 2013
First Published: 20:33 IST(10/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:36 IST(10/9/2013)

The Punsup officials here have filed a complaint with the district police demanding the registration of a case against the owner of a rice mill, an Akali leader, regarding alleged embezzlement of paddy worth Rs. 5.94 crore.

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The alleged embezzlement of paddy, which was stocked at the rice mill for milling for the 2011-12 season, came to light in January this year when the rice mill was found locked by the Punsup officials. Following this, Punsup officials concerned moved an application to the Faridkot deputy commissioner seeking appointment of competent officials from the district administration under whose supervision the physical verification of the stock could be carried out.

The deputy commissioner had then appointed the Faridkot tehsildar to supervise the physical verification but it was allegedly delayed for long because the rice mill was owned by a local Akali leader.

According to sources, the Punsup had stocked about 1.11 lakh bags of paddy during the milling season of 2011-12 and the rice mill had delivered about 54,000 bags of rice. But there should have been about 27,000 bags of rice more by December 2012, which was supposed to be supplied for the public distribution system. The PUNSUP officials had found the mill locked that time and moved an application with the Faridkot deputy commissioner for the physical verification on January 21 to get the lock opened. The rice mill allegedly had lot of stock missing.

As per sources, after physical verification, rice worth Rs. 5.94 crore was found missing by the Punsup officials.

"We have filed a complaint with the police seeking registration of a case against the person responsible for the embezzlement," said Sandeep Bansal, district manager, Punsup, Faridkot.

"We have received a complaint from the Punsup officials for an action. We are carrying out an inquiry to verify the facts after which the case will be registered on the basis of facts and the guilty will not be spared," said Gurmeet Singh Randhawa, senior superintendent of police.

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