A paddy scam worth Rs 2.6 crore has been discovered at Ahmadgarh Mandi in Sangrur district.
About 12.62 thousand quintals of paddy stock was found missing from a mill owned by Pragati Udyog Rice Mill.
The police registered an FIR against three partners of the mill on Monday. The case was registered on the complaint of Gurvir Singh, district manager of Markfed. The accused-Surinder Kumar, Vikas Garg and Robin Garg-have been at large since the registration of the case.
The trio has been booked under section 406 of IPC for criminal breach of trust. Giving details of the scam, Singh said the matter came to light when their staff went for the physical verification of the stored paddy stock on the mill premises.
The state procurement agency had stored around 30.12 thousand quintals paddy in the rice mill. The millers were supposed to deliver about 20.35 thousand quintals of rice in lieu of the paddy after milling process. Singh said the agency had carried out the physical verification of the stored paddy at the end of the procurement season on March 31 this year.
"We found nothing wrong in the stored quantity and registers at the mill then. In our latest checking on May 31 in the rice mill, our inspection team found incomplete stock registers, fudged figures and about 12.62-thousand quintals of paddy stock missing," said Singh.
The private mill owners failed to explain the gap.