HAFIZABAD: The district administration, along with officials of Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) and police, conducted raids in Jalalpur, Bhattian and seized 125,500 bags of wheat allegedly hoarded by six business magnates illegally.
Acting on the information, provided by the Special Branch Police, Assistant Commissioner Pindi Bhattian Muhammad Aslam Marth, along with police, conducted a raid and recovered 125,500 bags of wheat allegedly stocked in godowns of six rice mills. The AC also seized two trucks loaded with wheat from the area. The AC said that the seized stock would be handed over to PASSCO. Legal action against the owners of the said mills were being taken accordingly.
The AC also imposed Rs310,000 fine collectively on vegetable and fruit vendors and grocers for overcharge consumers. As many as 13 shopkeepers were also arrested under the essential commodities price control act during the past one week. The administration in the district had seized 360,000 bags of wheat allegedly hoarded by growers and mills owners in the district during the past one week in the Hafizabad district.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2020.