Six months after three cases of paddy fraud were registered in the district, two more rice millers have come under the scanner for allegedly misappropriating paddy worth more than Rs 3 crore, while some employees of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC) are also facing legal action.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Surjit Singh Grewal said the millers had allegedly embezzled paddy worth Rs 3.66 crore, which was stored in their mills at Chuhar Chak village, 19 km from here.
"PSWC's district manager Akshar Kumar lodged two complaints with the police alleging that senior officials of the department had found that Gill Rice and General Mill and Joga Agro Industry at Killi Chalahan road in Chuhar Chak, had allegedly failed to account for government paddy, provided for custom milling," the SSP added.
He said that PSWC officials, during checking on July 19 and 21, found that 11380.25 quintal was missing from Gill Rice and General Mill, while 8241.45-quintal paddy was missing from Joga Agro Industry, amounting to more than Rs 2.1 crore and Rs 1.56 crore, respectively.
PSWC assistant general manager Sukhjit Singh said that the department had submitted a complaint to the SSP and had demanded that a case of fraud be immediately registered against Gill Rice and General Mill owners Charanjeet Singh, Amanpreet Singh, and his wife Malkeet Kaur, and against Jagjeet Singh, Gurbhej Kumar, Jaswinder Singh and Lovelesh Kumar, who hold power of attorney of Joga Agro Industry.
"We have constituted a special investigation team led by deputy superintendent of police (H) Gurmeet Singh, which may complete the investigation within the next seven days," the SSP claimed.
Sources disclosed that the PSWC had allotted 1,52,304 bags and 99,575.8 quintal of paddy to the two mills for custom milling on behalf of the Food Corporation of India.