Kollam: In a shocking incident 790 sacks of ration rice was smuggled out of Thiruvananthapuram as branded rice. The lorries with sacks were seized by a police team led by Paripally SI P Rajesh between 10 and 11 pm from various places. The rice was turned to branded rice bags overnight.
The police were able to intercept the Lorries on the basis of the tip-off received by City Special Branch. Though the first lorry was caught by 10 pm, the other two lorries suspended their journey and hung around after sensing some trouble.
But the police tactfully summoned the other two lorry drivers to the spot with the help of the lorry driver in custody. The rice confiscated was the one being smuggled to different retail shops in Ernakulam from the flour mill run by a person called Karthikeyan in Poovar.
Now all three drivers are in police custody.
According to the police, Karthikeyan had a secret depot in Poovar to collect ration rice and bought Rs 2 per kg ration rice for Rs 10 per kg and added colour to it and sold it out at the open market for Rs 40 per kg.
Have you ever wondered the reason why the rice was shedding its colour while washing, well the above said could have been one of the reason.