Rs 80 crore PDS rice exported, three booked | Navi Mumbai News

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NAVI MUMBAI: A rice export scam worth Rs 80 crore came to light after a complaint was lodged with Panvel police by certain food warehousing corporations. A food parcel of rice from public distribution system (PDS) meant for the needy, was reportedly illegally exported by a group of accused persons. They have so far evaded arrest.
Certain high profile politicians and government bureaucrats are said to be involved in this scam, in which fake documents were used to export the PDS rice to various countries.
The issue came to light on July 31, when police seized 110 tonnes of rice worth Rs 33 lakh from the godown of Take Care Logisitics, in Palaspe. The rice was intended for the underprivileged hit during the pandemic. Three people were booked.
A police source requesting anonymity said, “The accused have used political and bureaucratic influence to export PDS rice worth Rs 80 crore to various countries, using companies with fake documents. Certain government warehousing corporation officials alerted us about the wrongdoings.
DCP (Zone 2) Ashok Dudhe said, “This is a sensitive case and investigation is on. Disclosing anything will hamper our probe.”

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