Godown raided at Curti, 60 bags of food grains seized

 Ponda police on Friday raided a godown at Curti and seized 60 bags of food grains that were allegedly allotted to a self-help group for mid-day meals.

In this connection, the police have detained the owner of the godown, Sachin Naik, a resident of Borim-Ponda; owner of the truck, Jyotiba Bordekar, 36 and truck driver, Vitthal Kastore, 32, both natives of Yellapur-Karnataka.

Around 340 bags of food grains were loaded onto a truck and loading of about 60 bags was pending when the police carried out the raid. The consignment was to be transported to Mangalore-Karnataka.

The police said that during the raid they found several letters written by a vocational education officer authorising a self-help group to lift the bags of food grains from the said godown and efforts were on to verify whether the food grains were actually allotted to the self-help group.

Ponda police said that they received a tip-off from a person in the locality that food grain bags were being loaded onto a truck. Acting on the information, the police raided the godown and managed to apprehend three persons.

The police also summoned the Ponda civil supply inspector, Mr Apoorva Karpe on the scene. The police have also attached the truck in connection with the case. Meanwhile, Ponda police were in the process of registering an offence under the Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supply of Essential Commodity Act. Further investigations are in progress. [NT]