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Bains booked for trespass after he enters Ludhiana Verka office

He claimed that a Rs 200 crore annual scam in supply of milk by Verka had been going unchecked in the state.

punjab Updated: Jun 13, 2018 10:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Simarjeet Bains,Lok Insaaf Party,Verka
Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) president and Atam Nagar MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains(HT File)

In the second such case against Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) president and Atam Nagar MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains in less than two months, police have booked him for trespass and forcible entry. This was after authorities at the Verka Milk Plant, Ferozepur Road, approached the police, accusing the MLA of obstructing employees from doing their duty.

On Tuesday, Bains had conducted a surprise check at the plant, alleging that Verka supplied milk low on fat and Solids Not fat (SNF) than what it claimed on the packets. He also claimed that a ₹200 crore annual scam in supply of milk by Verka had been going unchecked in the state.

Previously, on April 24, Bains had been booked for trespass and forcibly entry into the Passport Sewa Kendra of Ludhiana. The assistant passport officer was the complainant then. Ludhiana police commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill confirmed that a case had been registered.

Bains also took milk samples

Bains, who went to the plant along with a private lab technician, also took samples of milk in presence of plant authorities. He alleged, “Verka claims on its milk packets that it contains 4.5% fat and 8.5% SNF. Regular testing of their milk was done for over two weeks in the labs of Milkfed in different districts. The milk was found be low on both these parameters. On Tuesday also, fat quantity in milk was 4.1% and the SNF was 8%.”

He added, “This means that Verka is overcharging ₹5-₹6.5 on every litre of milk it supplies. Around 12 lakh litre of milk is sold in packets by Verka plants across the state and this is a scam of ₹200 crore.” He also alleged that the scam was being run with the connivance of officials, demanding that a case be registered.

Allegations false, says Verka GM

General manager of Verka milk plant, Harminder Singh, said, “All allegations of the MLA are baseless. We supply proper amount of fat and SNF in our milk. MLA Bains and his team entered our plant in an unauthorised manner. They did not follow any procedure to take samples. We have filed a complaint against Bains with our management.”

Blurb

Bains had entered Verka Milk Plant forcibly, alleging a ₹200-crore milk scam and conducted tests on samples; on April 24, he had entered the Passport Sewa Kendra in a similar manner

First Published: Jun 12, 2018 23:48 IST