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Wheat from other states smuggled into Punjab for MSP, 3 trucks seized

Sukhmeet Bhasin

Press Reporter News Service

Bathinda, April 9

At the same time as wheat procurement is to begin in Punjab from Saturday, smuggling of grain from states the place no MSP is paid has already begun. At the least 24 wheat vehicles from different states reportedly arrived right here final night time.

Merchants make Rs 2L per truck

  • Merchants purchase wheat at Rs1,100 per quintal from states which don’t pay MSP to farmers and promote it in Punjab at MSP (Rs1,925 per quintal)
  • They earn over Rs2 lakh per consignment of 400 quintals in a single truck after paying Rs225 per quintal for transportation

Sources say merchants purchase wheat at Rs 1,100 per quintal from different states and promote it in Punjab on the MSP of Rs 1,925 per quintal. Even after paying Rs 225 per quintal transportation and different prices, the merchants make over Rs 2 lakh per truck carrying 400 quintals of wheat.

The matter got here to gentle after appearing on a tip-off, native BJP chief Sukhpal Sra and his supporters reached the grain market late final night time and located wheat-laden vehicles parked there. They known as the police. Sra alleged many drivers fled with their vehicles, however three of them have been nabbed.

Inderjit Singh, a truck driver, mentioned: “I had introduced 380 quintal of wheat from Darbhanga (Bihar). I used to be informed to unload it at a chemical manufacturing unit right here.” Following the incident, farmers beneath the banner of BKU Sidhupur began a protest on the grain market, demanding a probe into the unlawful follow. Kuldeep Singh Brar, DGM (Ferozepur Division), Punjab Mandi Board, mentioned: “Round 20 vehicles laden with wheat have been introduced right here from Bihar and Rajasthan. Unscrupulous merchants have been making an attempt to promote the low-priced grain at MSP right here.” Daljit Brar, SHO, Kotwali police station, mentioned three vehicles have been seized and an FIR was registered towards two corporations.

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