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BIEO busts PDS scam, trader held

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GUWAHATI, June 10 - Busting a major PDS scam, BIEO today arrested a trader who diverted PDS flour to the market and misappropriated around Rs 1.3 crore.

There are similar charges against five other traders who have mills at Tangla and are said to be absconding. The total scam is estimated to be around Rs 13 crore.

Investigating officer Prafulla Barman said between 2010 and 2016 around 1.378 lakh quintals of wheat were provided by the government to the six mills in Udalguri district.

�The wheat was bought by the mill owners at Rs 738 per quintal. They were supposed to provide the flour to nine gaon panchayat samabay samitis. But the flour was sold in the open market, though in files they maintained that it was distributed among the cooperative bodies,� Barman said.

One of the mill owners, Paban Kumar Agarwalla, was arrested from Guwahati today. Five other traders who own mills in the district are said to be absconding. Those traders are Santosh Kumar Agarwalla, Giriraj Vyas, Pintu Ghosh, Anupama Brahma and Bimala Beria.

Agarwala alone got 10,000 quintals of wheat from the government under PDS and the entire amount was diverted to the market. He has been booked under IPC Sections 120 (b), 420 and 406 and under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.

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BIEO busts PDS scam, trader held

GUWAHATI, June 10 - Busting a major PDS scam, BIEO today arrested a trader who diverted PDS flour to the market and misappropriated around Rs 1.3 crore.

There are similar charges against five other traders who have mills at Tangla and are said to be absconding. The total scam is estimated to be around Rs 13 crore.

Investigating officer Prafulla Barman said between 2010 and 2016 around 1.378 lakh quintals of wheat were provided by the government to the six mills in Udalguri district.

�The wheat was bought by the mill owners at Rs 738 per quintal. They were supposed to provide the flour to nine gaon panchayat samabay samitis. But the flour was sold in the open market, though in files they maintained that it was distributed among the cooperative bodies,� Barman said.

One of the mill owners, Paban Kumar Agarwalla, was arrested from Guwahati today. Five other traders who own mills in the district are said to be absconding. Those traders are Santosh Kumar Agarwalla, Giriraj Vyas, Pintu Ghosh, Anupama Brahma and Bimala Beria.

Agarwala alone got 10,000 quintals of wheat from the government under PDS and the entire amount was diverted to the market. He has been booked under IPC Sections 120 (b), 420 and 406 and under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.

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