Foodgrain scam: CBI conducts raids at 7 places

The CBI today conducted simultaneous searches at seven places,including two flour mills and a rice mill and residences of owners of both the mills and two employees of the flour mill in Lucknow and Sitapur,in connection with the foodgrain scam in Lucknow district.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: September 5, 2012 3:00 am

The CBI today conducted simultaneous searches at seven places,including two flour mills and a rice mill and residences of owners of both the mills and two employees of the flour mill in Lucknow and Sitapur,in connection with the foodgrain scam in Lucknow district.

The CBI is probing the scam that had caused a loss of an estimated Rs 7.56 crore to the exchequer.

A CBI official said that wheat and rice meant for BPL card holders and midday meal scheme were allegedly diverted to these mills during 2004-2006. The former member of the All India Congress Committee and UP Congress Committee’s executive,Daljit Singh,who is a Lucknow-based transporter,allegedly had diverted the foodgrain. Singh was arrested in the case in April. The CBI has seized documents related to the alleged diversion of the foodgrain from these places. The search operation concluded in the evening.

On the basis of the ongoing investigation,the CBI teams reached simultaneously at RR Flour Mill and Ram Niwas Flour Mill owned by Ishwar Chand Agrawal and his brother Kishan Chand,respectively. While RR mill is located near Shia College on Sitapur Road,the other one is at Kumhrawa village Road in Bakshi ka Talab area in Lucknow. Both the mills run by RR Food Products,said the CBI official.

The residences of both brothers and their manager Chandra Kant Shukla at Triveni Nagar locality in Lucknow and company’s accountant Umakant Shukla in Bahadurpur area of Sitapur district were also searched simultaneously.

The CBI teams also searched Moolchand Rice Mill near Tadikhana area on Sitapur Road owned by Atul Agrawal. The teams searched the mill and Agrawal’s residence at Daliganj locality in the city.

Sources said the mills allegedly had received grains diverted from eight block godowns in Lucknow district.

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