HAILAKANDI, April 16 - The district police has arrested some persons in connection with pilferage of rice and flour wheat meant for the poor here on Wednesday.
Revealing it, Superintendent of Police Pabindra Kumar Nath said a huge quantity of rice and wheat was recovered from 299 Berakhalerpar LP School under Mohanpur Part II of Algapur circle on Wednesday. �Forty-five bags of rice and five bags of wheat flour, each bag containing 50 kg of grains, weighing around 2,500 kg, have been recovered from the school used as a godown,� Nath said.
When the police personnel reached the site, they found the main door of the school locked from outside. When they opened it, they found a person inside.
Police are on a hot trail of the absconding fair price shop dealer Ainul Hoque who happens to be an Anchalik Panchayat member and president of the school management committee of the LP School where the foodgrains were concealed.
Nath said Ainul, who had stated on Tuesday before the Algapur OC that he had received 12 quintals of rice in March and April, was making a �blatant lie� as the police recovered 22.5 quintals of rice and 2.5 quintals of wheat flour from the school. The police also conducted a search operation in his house.
The SP said the foodgrains stored in the school would have found its way to the open market had the police not acted timely.
Following the unearthing of misappropriation of NFSA rice worth Rs 40 lakh in the district, the police is pursuing the case vigorously with raids being conducted at some places leading to the recovery of stockpiles of foodgrains and arrests being made �as it was a clear cut case of theft and embezzlement�.
Two cases have been registered with the Algapur Police Station on Wednesday. Three persons have been arrested in connection with these two cases. Further investigation into these cases is on.