500 bags of smuggled ration rice seized

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Madurai, Dec 10 (UNI) Civil Supplies officials have seized about 500 bags of rice and ten kg of sugar, meant for supply through the Public Distribution System (PDS), from a private rice mill at Iravathanallur village on Madurai-Ramanathapuram highway, here today.

Official sources said that on a tip off, officials conducted a surprise raid and found rice bags, weighing 2,500 kg, stored illegally in the mill's godown for supply in the black market. The seized goods were valued at Rs 4.50 lakh.

Five people were arrested in this connection.

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