Bhubaneswar: In a surprise raid, the Food and Civil Supply officials searched the house of a retired school teacher and seized 170 bags of pulses at Dumduma on Sunday.
The retired teacher, Niranjan, was unable to give a satisfactory reply to the questions on stacking so much quantity of pulses at his residence when the price of the commodity is skyrocketing.
In his reaction the retired teacher said, “When I was not at home, my unemployed son brought the pulses stock yesterday for business purposes.”
When asked about the licence for stocking the pulses, the retired teacher quickly replied his son can only tell in detail.
“I have no intention to do black marketing. They can pay the genuine price and take the pulses with them,” he stated.
Total 80 bags of urad and 90 packets of lentils were seized from the house located at Plot no-273 in Phase-I of Dumduma.
Meanwhile, Niranjan said he had kept the pulses at his house for business purposes.
Continuing with marathon searches at warehouses in the State, Food and Civil Supplies officials raided the Subhacharan Sitaram godown at Motiganj in Balasore.
The department has so far seized 88 tonnes of pulses after conducting raids at mills and warhouses at sevn places in the State.