Two Markfed officials booked for wheat fraud worth Rs 2.4 crore

Updated on Nov 25, 2015 08:03 PM IST

A branch in-charge and a salesman of the Punjab State Cooperative Supply & Marketing Federation Limited (Markfed) have been booked for alleged misappropriation of wheat worth more than `2.4 crore. However, no arrest has been made so far in this connection. Sources revealed that some more employees of the Markfed have also under scanner for allegedly misappropriating wheat and paddy.

Sources revealed that some more employees of the Markfed have also under scanner for allegedly misappropriating wheat and paddy.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Sources revealed that some more employees of the Markfed have also under scanner for allegedly misappropriating wheat and paddy.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Hindustan Times | BySurinder Maan

A branch in-charge and a salesman of the Punjab State Cooperative Supply & Marketing Federation Limited (Markfed) have been booked for alleged misappropriation of wheat worth more than `2.4 crore. However, no arrest has been made so far in this connection. Sources revealed that some more employees of the Markfed have also under scanner for allegedly misappropriating wheat and paddy.

Police said that the district manager of the Markfed had submitted a complaint to Moga senior superintendent of police (SSP) demanding registration of a fraud case against the Ajitwal branch in-charge of the Markfed inspector Sukhjit Singh, a resident of Greeb Field colony, Moga, and salesman Balvir Singh, a resident of Dhudike village under Nihal Singh Wala sub-division, as wheat worth `2.4 crore was found missing in the godown and they could not show it in the records.

The SSP had ordered police officials to further investigate the matter under the supervision of a deputy superintendent rank officer. During a special checking of the Ajitwal godown in 2014, senior officials of the department had found that 181 bags of top-class wheat were missing. “When the officers again checked the stock of the same godown in 2015, they found that 25,874 bags of wheat worth `2,40,19,769 were missing,” said investigation officer assistant sub-inspector Surjit Singh.

According to police, both Sukhjit Singh and Balvir Singh were summoned by the special investigation team (SIT), but they failed to submit the record regarding the missing wheat bags.

The police have registered a case against both under Section 409 of Indian Penal Code at Ajitwal police station. “A special police team has raided different places for nabbing the accused. Further investigation is underway at the moment,” said the police official.

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