Patiala Police seize truck with 400 urea filled bags

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Feb 01, 2015 21:27 IST

The local police recovered a truck laden with urea bags from Samana-Bhiwanigarh road on Sunday afternoon.

Police have started investigations and called agriculture officials on the spot to verify around 400 confiscated bags of urea.

It should be mentioned that the shortage of urea is one of the main concerns for the farmers during the ongoing rabi season.

Station House Officer (SHO) of Samana police station Surinderpal Singh said that the police party had laid a special check post on the road, where they intercepted the truck coming from Bhiwanigarh side.

"During checking of the vehicle, police recovered well stacked bags of urea. The driver of the truck failed to give any satisfactory response following which the agriculture experts were called to crosscheck the details of these bags," he said.

He added that the driver of the truck told police that he had loaded the urea from Sunam in Sangrur district but failed to tell where he was going to unload it.

"We can't rule out smuggling, agriculture department would shed light on the issue. Samana sub-divisional magistrate also visited the spot and directed a thorough investigation," said Singh.

On January 30, 22 trucks laden with over 9000 bags of urea had gone missing from Muktsar district. Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Meanwhile, Patiala chief agriculture officer Jasvir Singh Sandhu said they are still verifying the records with help of cooperative societies.

"We can't say much at this stage. But we are thoroughly examining the stock record of urea which has reached the district so far," Sandhu added.

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