Two arrested in Mumbai for black marketing of food grain | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: The city crime branch on Wednesday arrested two persons and expanded their investigations connected with the black marketing of food grains meant for poor in the wake of outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday TOI has published a exclusive report title “raids bust racket diverting nearly 20 quintals of PDS wheat“, hinting how the rationing department was passing buck to lodge an FIR. On Wednesday the rationing department came forward and showed their willingness to lodge a complaint as the stealing and selling the grains meant for poor attracts essential commodities act. On Wednesday crime branch unit 12 arrested two persons namely Dinanath Ramsahjeevan Yadav (39) and Sujit Kumar Ramprasad Rajbhar (28) under the IPC sections of cheating, Essential commodities act, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant and negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life said Sagar Shivalkar, senior inspector of unit 12.
Police have seized 279 gunny bags of wheat worth Rs 3 lakhs, 200 empty bags of Food Corporation of India, two sewing machines to repack the grains and a truck total sum of. Rs 12 lakhs.
Police have now expanded their investigations as more heads are likely to fall in the racket. “We suspect that there are more people involved in the racket ranging from the agent who gets the grains under the PDS scheme from the FCI, the transporter, the owner of the godown where the grains are removed from the FCI bags and refilled in other bags, the resellers and agents.”
The modus operandi of the gang is that the agent procures the grains from Gujarat under the PDS scheme meant for poor but half the grains he delivers to various ration shops, rest he sells in black marketing.
During the probe it transpired that the accused has been running the racket for last 30 to 35 days and since then they have stolen huge quantity of grains and sold in black market said a senior officer.
The seizure of ration belonging to the FCI assumes significance in the wake of the poor people who are finding it difficult to procure in the wake of financial crisis, job loss and 51 days of lockdown.
So as soon as millions of workers across India lost their jobs owing to the lockdown, the Central government had announced three months’ free ration, along with 1 kg of free pulses per family, for all the NFSA beneficiaries.



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