Punjab News Punsup ‘Scam’ - Sandstones found in bags of wheat


Prime VIP
Ferozepur, June 25

A “scam” worth crores of rupees has surfaced in this district following the detection of sandstones and sand in bags of wheat allegedly filled by a section of Punsup officials.

It came to the notice of officials of the Food Corporation of India when they were loading the bags in a goods train here today. Officials of Punsup have, however, refused to comment on the issue.

The district manager, when contacted over the phone, said he was busy and could not talk. Even some of the officials disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Deputy Commissioner KK Yadav said a committee comprising the Deputy Director (Food and Supply), District Food and Supply Controller (DFSC) and the Ferozepur tehsildar had been constituted to probe the matter. A godown of Punsup had been sealed and a truck loaded with bags of wheat, along with sandstones and sand, had been impounded.

He said an inquiry report likely to be submitted by the panel on June 29 would be sent to the Secretary (Food and Supply), Punjab, for action against those officials who were found involved in the alleged scam. He said the movement of bags of wheat from the storage point of Punsup to the loading point of the FCI had also been stopped till the probe was over.

The DC said the examination of the bags was carried out after the FCI District Manager, Sandeep Kumar, gave him a report in connection with the presence of sandstones and sand in the same. About 161 bags of wheat, which were still lying in the truck, were found filled with sandstones and sand, along with wheat.

Later, a godown of Punsup was checked, where thousands of bags with suspicious matter were found. He said about 3.25 lakh bags of wheat were lying in the godown, which was hired by it from a private party for storing wheat bags. The FCI District Manager said it was shocking for them to know about the presence of sandstones and sand in the bags. About 11,000 bags of wheat, which had already been loaded in the train, were unloaded after the detection of sandstones and sand, he added.

He said he was not aware of the place where these bags were to be delivered, as it was yet to be disclosed by the FCI authorities.

Meanwhile, general secretary and media in charge of the PPCC Parminder Singh has demanded a CBI probe into the alleged scam.