Taking note of the 22 trucks of urea missing from Muktsar area, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and union minister for food processing industries and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal have told the Muktsar SSP to investigate the case and act against the accused.
HT on Thursday and Friday had reported that these trucks had gone missing with 9,000 urea bags. It had also highlighted the indifference on the part of the Muktsar administration and police in looking for the trucks. The reports said there was alleged political pressure on the police and administration to shield the culprits.
Harsimrat, who was in Bathinda on Friday, took up the matter with the chief minister.
According to a press note issued by the public relations department, the chief minister warned those violating the law, saying action would be taken against the guilty and no one would be spared. He directed the SSP to crack the case at the earliest.
The CM also issued strict instructions to the agriculture and cooperative departments to check the hoarding of urea and keep a strict vigil on its sale and distribution by dealers and cooperative societies. The officers have been directed to conduct surprise checks so that the hoarding and the resultant panic among farmers was checked.
Harsimrat clarified that if any official was found involved in malpractices, strict action would be taken against him.
Earlier, Gidderbaha SDM Mandeep Kaur told HT that it was a police matter and they should investigate the matter. However, Muktsar SSP Kuldeep Chahal on Friday claimed that it was civil matter and the police would inform about its findings to the Muktsar deputy commissioner.
Chahal could not give a satisfactory reply as to why the police had failed to locate even a single truck in the past four days despite having all the details.
Earlier, Congress MLA from Gidderbaha Amrinder Singh Raja Warring had alleged that an Akali leader was behind the disappearance of the trucks and the police were shielding the accused. He had also expressed the fear that the police could harass the owners of Jyoti Enterprises, the contractor who had hired the trucks from the Gidderbaha truck union, to save the Akali leader.