claimed to have busted a scam involving supply of government
rice by seizing one lakh bags of the cereal, belonging to the
Food Corporation of India''s Meghalaya unit, from a private
godown in Kamrup district while the food item was being
repackaged for selling.
Following a tip-off, a joint operation conducted by the
police and district administration seized the bags, stuffed
with FCI rice from the godown of a private company in
Chhaygoan Industrial Development Centre, Chhatabari under Boko
police station recently.
According to senior officials, the irregularities came
to light after villagers of Nadiar Par noticed suspicious
movement of a truck laden with bags of rice and informed the
A team comprising Boko Police Officer-in-Charge Sanjeet
Roy and Chhaygoan Circle Officer Jayanta Borah seized the
truck and interrogated the driver and handyman, which led them
to unravel the massive irregularities taking place at the
godown of the private company.
"We seized one lakh bags of FCI rice, each weighing 50
kgs, from the godown. The private company was repackaging the
commodity in their own brand and then sending it to
Meghalaya," a senior official said.
The team also seized 13 trucks, from the godown and the
local area ,which were used for transporting the food item, he
"From our preliminary investigation, we found that the
company sends rice to Assam Rifles in Meghalaya after
repackaging. They send it to other places too. A chain must be
in existence and many people, including officials, are likely
to be involved in the scam," officials in Assam said.
It was found that the company, identified as Maruti
Quality Products Pvt Ltd (MQPPL), has a tie-up with a leading
multinational food giant and their roles are being probed,
The MQPPL and its godown are owned by one Deepak Agarwal,
who is absconding, and a joint investigation is being
conducted by the police and the civil administrations. PTI COR