Minister's raid yields Rs 60 lakh worth foodgrains

Hoarded rice and wheat stocks recovered from a warehouse in Hubli

The Minister has also ordered for suspension of a food inspector and issued a showcause notice to the Deputy Director of his Department for dereliction of duty.

The Minister, who was in the City to attend a programme, used a private vehicle to raid on the godown situated at Islampur, near Bankapur Chowk in the City around 2.30 pm. He deliberately avoided officials accompanying him to maintain secrecy of his raid.

He found rice and wheat stocks worth Rs 60 lakh in the godown.

Later, officials and police arrived and recovered the illegally stored rice and wheat bags, a lorry, three weighing machines and a bicycle.

The godown belongs to one Ashok Tilavalli, who runs a foodgrain trading centre in the City.

 ‘Lotus’ brand

Rice supplied by the Indian Food Corporation was also found in the godown. According to official sources, the same rice might have been sold in the market in the ‘Lotus’ brand name.

Fake ration cards scandal

Later, speaking to media persons, Halappa said food inspector, V K Mutalik Desai, was suspended and the showcause notice was issued to the Deputy Director, Shranabasappa, in connection with fake ration cards scandal unearthed in the district recently.
He also said three fair price shops were also served showcause notices for not distributing ration properly.

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