Pattan: Police on Monday claimed to have seized two private trucks carrying government subsidized sugar and arrested their drivers for selling the sugar in black market at Singpora Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
The incident took place at a time when the people of Kashmir are facing acute shortage of sugar.
Officials said that a police party from police station Pattan found two trucks loaded with government subsidised sugar, selling the sugar in black market in Singpora village.
“The two private trucks bearing registration number JK01E- 5947and JK01T-4619 are hired by SRTC for CAPD department to carry government food supply but the drivers were selling the subsidised sugar in black market and were caught red handed by police party,” Station House Officer (SHO) Pattan, Mir Saleem said.
He said that both the trucks were seized while their drivers, residents of Kupwara were also arrested.
SHO said that a case under FIR No 62/2018 under section 407, 411 RPC was registered in the police station Pattan.
Sources in the CAPD department said that the subsidised sugar provided by the government is being sold in the black market with connivance of wholesalers and food inspectors. “The investigation has been set up by department,” sources said.