3 arrested for selling PDS rice

Mairang, Sept 15: Police have arrested three people in connection with the sale of PDS rice at Mairang on September 13 last.

Police informed today that the arrested men include 29 year old Mohendro Barman (Driver) who is a resident of Agia, Golpara District Assam, 28 year old Nirmal Das (Helper) of Wakgok, East Garo Hills and Budeswar  Hazarika of Upper New Nongstoin. A case has been filed against them under Section 420/120 B(2) IPC at Mairang police station.

Officials from the Food and Civil Supply department meanwhile informed that investigations have revealed that the bags of rice that were seized on September 13 were not meant for distribution to the government PDS wholesalers under Mairang Sub Division but were rather being transported for sale in the open market. On September 14, police have confiscated bags of rice from 3 shops which had procured this from these suspects. As many as 400 bags of rice (50 kgs each) were confiscated on the day.