927 tonnes of pulses seized from hoarders

Bhubaneswar: In a major pulses de-hoarding operation by Food and Civil Supplies officials today, as many as 927 tonnes of pulses were seized from three different locations in the state during raids, taking the total seizure of illegally hoarded pulses in the state to 1104 tonnes so far.

Officials carrying out the raids said, 4136 quintal of dal was found stocked at Devi Bhandar godown in Jagatpur, Cuttack, while the 2,932 quintal of unaccounted pulses was traced at Farooq & Co godown in the same area.

In a late evening raid in Rourkela, the officials found 2209 quintal of dal stockpiled at three godowns spread across the steel city.

The pulses found at all three places have been seized, officials stated.

Earlier in the day, the Food and Civil Supply officials raided eight godowns at Khetrajpur in Sambalpur district to verify the stocks of dal.

Reports from Khurda district said the officials raided a pulse processing mill at Manikaguda in Bolagarh block and four godowns in Berhampur city in Ganjam district.

In Jajpur district, the officials seized 150 bags of dal from a store at Biraja Haat in Jajpur town area.

On Sunday the officials had seized about 90 tonnes of hoarded pulses during simultaneous raids which were conducted at many places including Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Puri and Rayagada.

While the maximum 51 tonnes of lentil and urad dal were seized from a retired teacher’s house in the State capital, about 21 tonnes of unaccounted pulses were found from a trader in Chandanpur area in Puri district.