Srinagar: Crime Branch of J&K police on Wednesday claimed to have unearthed a major ration pilferage and misappropriation scam in Pulwama district of south Kashmir during surprise check and inspection of godowns and offices of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department.
“During a series of raids, it was found that rations worth crores of rupees have been black-marketed (in Pulwama district) taking undue advantage of prevailing situation in the Valley,” a spokesman of the Crime Branch said.
He said the Crime Branch sleuths conducted extensive raids in Awantipora and Pulwama areas yesterday followed by inspection of records wherein it was found that ration meant for BPL ration card holders under Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES) has been grossly misappropriated by officials of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department as well as dealers and operators in connivance with black-marketeers. The inspections conducted by the Crime Branch sleuths revealed that ration distribution was made on paper but in actual no ration was distributed among the rationees in the areas, he said.
“It was found that various officials of FCS&CA Department in league with each other had misappropriated hundreds of quintals of ration showing it as being distributed among the families without any actual distribution from the depots and shops,” the spokesman said adding the ration misappropriated was sold in open market at exorbitant rates in view of current situation taking undue advantage of the “artificial scarcity” of the ration created by a group of officials.