MANGALDAI, June 10 - The Darrang district committee of the BJP is yet to issue any public statement regarding the arrest of a local BJP leader of Dalgaon area and a rice mill owner, Abdul Wahdud, on charges of illegal storing and procuring of PDS rice.
On the basis of a complaint lodged before the police by the local unit of the Dalgaon AAMSU, a team of Dalgaon Police on Sunday searched the campus of M/s Rina Rice Mill located at Dhekerigaon village and owned by one Abdul Wahdud and allegedly recovered 39 bags, each containing 50 kg of government subsidised rice meant to be distributed among poor beneficiaries through the PDS. Subsequently, the police seized the rice by registering a case (No. 262 /19) U/S 379/411/34 of IPC in this regard and arrested the owner of the registered rice mill. Later, he was sent to judicial custody.
The AAMSU alleged before the media that the mill owner in connivance with a section of corrupt officials of the Food & Civil Supplies and the Cooperative Departments, was engaged for a long time in the illegal practice of procuring PDS rice at lower prices and then selling it at a higher price under a new market brand after polishing and repackaging it. However, Abdul Wahdud while talking to the media at Dalgaon Police Station ruled out the allegations as false and baseless.
On the other hand, AAMSU has demanded immediate cancellation of the license of the rice mill and a thorough inquiry by the DC, Darrang and to punish the guilty persons.
It may be mentioned here that the accused contested for the post of GP president on a BJP ticket in the last Panchayat polls without success. This correspondent on Monday tried to contact Nilima Debi, the president of the BJP�s Darrang district committee over phone to know the party�s reaction but she was not available. Similarly, officials of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Darrang too were not available for any comment.