Hailkandi police on Wednesday arrested some persons for allegedly siphoning rice and flour wheat meant for the poor.

Hailakandi  Superintendent of Police Pabindra Kumar Nath informed the media that a huge quantity of rice and wheat was recovered from 299 Berakhalerpar LP School under Mohanpur Part II of Algapur circle on Wednesday.

“45 bags of rice and five bags of wheat flour, each bag containing 50 kg of grains, weighing around 2500 kgs were 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 was locked from the outside.

“But when we opened the main door, we found a person inside with stockpiles of the essential commodities,” Nath added.

Nath further informed that they are looking for the absconding fair price shop dealer, Ainul Hoque, who happens to be the president of the school management committee of the school.

“Ainul on Tuesday told Algapur OC that he had received only 12 quintals of rice only in March and April,” Nath further said.

“But it was a blatant lie as we recovered 22.5 quintals of rice and 2.5 quintals of wheat flour from the concealed location,” Nath added.

Nath further said that the food-grains stored in the school would have found their way in the open market had the police not acted timely.

The seized food-grains is of around Rsv40 lakh and the police have been registered two cases in Algapur PS 100/2020 under Sections 420/409 IPC read with the Essential Commodities Act,1955 and 107/2020 under Sections 420/409/294/352/34 IPC.

Three persons have been arrested by the police in connection to the case and they are investigating it further.

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