Illegal foodgrain stocks worth 28.47 cr seized in Vidarbha

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Nagpur, Apr 16 (UNI) Illegal stocks of foodgrains worth Rs 28.47 crore were seized from various parts of Vidarbha region in Maharashtra over the past 48 hours, as part of the state government's move to curb hoarding of essential commodities.

Officials seized the foodgrains, stocked without proper licence, from various warehouses in Nagpur, Amravati, Chandrapur and Wardha, official sources said.

The seized stocks included foodgrains worth Rs 25.57 crore in Nagpur, Rs 1.83 crore in Amravati, Rs 17.07 lakh in Chandrapur and Rs 92.31 lakh Wardha, they said.

As many as 815 quintals of pulses, worth Rs 17.07 lakh, were seized from a warehouse of Maharashtra State Warehouse Corporation in Chandrapur today, sources said. Similarly, 191 quintals of wheat worth Rs 2.10 lakh and 3,939 quintals of pulses worth Rs 90.21 lakh were seized from the warehouse of an urban bank in Wardha, they said.

Yesterday, officials raided warehouses of Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and Food Corporation of India (FCI) in Nagpur, and seized 1.14 lakh quintals of stocks worth Rs 25.57 crore. This included 85,306 quintals of gram worth Rs 19.62 lakh, 19,883 quintals of tur worth Rs 4.37 lakh, 2,434 quintals of pulses worth Rs 77.88 lakh, 6,459 quintals of wheat worth Rs 77.51 lakh, and 98 quintals of peas worth Rs 2.25 lakh, sources said.

The seized foodgrains belong to various traders, and had been stocked in the warehouses without proper documentation, they added.

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