Lilong locals impound rice-laden truck

IMPHAL, 20th June: Volunteers of National Food Security Development Co-ordinating Committee 30-Lilong AC handed over 180 (50kg) bags of rice seized from a truck to Lilong police. According to its advisor Jabbar, the committee volunteers spotted a truck (MN01-6318) tagged ‘On govt duty CAF & PD’ unloading rice at the residence of one Md Abo of Chingkham Khul even as NSFA beneficiaries of Lilong Ushoipokpi area are not getting their rice quota.

The committee comprises All India Tanzeem-e-Insaaf (AITI) Lilong Local Council, All Manipur Muslim Development Committee (AMMDC) and Lilong Political Unified Link (LIPUL) members. Explaining that it was formed for proper implementation of NSFA scheme, Jabbar said NSFA beneficiaries of Lilong assembly constituency are not getting rice for the past six months. The truck was detected amidst the committee carrying out investigation to trace missing two months’ (April and May) rice quota already released by the department concerned though rice quota for one month have been distributed, he said.

Suspicious of the truck unloading rice at the house of Md Abo, who is not a fair price shop agent, committee volunteers entered Abo’s house and questioned about the rice, Jabbar said, adding that Abo informed that the rice belong to one Puyam (o) Sobita Devi wife of Puyam Gojen of Singjamei Waikhom Leikai. Sobita’s partners Firoz and Habibulah too turned up at Abo’s house after learning that Sobita has been detained and the rice seized. They claimed that the remaining rice on the truck belong to them.

When questioned, Sobita informed that the rice on the truck had been directly transported from Dimapur and even produced some documents though all the documents were found to be lorry receipts issued by Dimapur based AO Traders and K Sema Enterprises. Later, the seized rice along with the truck were handed over to OC of Lilong police station, Jabbar added.

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