A case of alleged large-scale adulteration of fertiliser has come to light at Mianpur village near here.
The matter came to light when Pal Singh, a resident of Mianpur village, saw some people mixing ash in the fertiliser bags stored at the godown of Mianpur Multipurpose Agriculture Cooperative Society in the village on Monday night.
Pal Singh informed the villagers, who gathered at the godown on Tuesday night and found the godown where the fertiliser was stored locked.
The godown belongs to the society and is being used to store fertilisers supplied through the society. One room in the godown has been rented out by the society to a fertiliser firm for storing the fertiliser.
MLA Daljit Singh Cheema and senior officials reached the village. The lock of the godown was broken open in the presence of SDM Ravinder Kumar, DSP Harbir Singh Atwal and agriculture department officials, who found a large number of fertiliser bags in the room. Some of the bags were found to be open and adulterated with ash. A weighing machine and sewing equipment were also recovered from the room.
The officials of the agriculture department collected samples from the fertiliser bags for analysis and sealed the room.
Chief agriculture officer Lakhwinder Singh Hundal said the firm concerned was a fertiliser wholesaler and used to mix ash in the fertiliser before selling it in the market. Besides, the firm had illegally stored the fertiliser in the godown, he added.
He said action would be taken after they get the report of the samples.
Meanwhile, resentment prevails among farmers over the adulterated fertiliser. They termed it a great fraud with them and demanded stern action against those involved.
Cheema also termed it a shameful act, saying strict action would be taken against the culprits. He said he would bring the matter to the notice of the chief minister.