Attempt to smuggle over 4,000 quintals of Public Distribution System rice, worth about Rs 27 lakh was foiled and 174 persons were apprehended in this connection, the Tamil Nadu government said on Monday.
As part of efforts targeted at prevention of PDS rice smuggling, 4,813 quintals of rice were grabbed in a week (September 5 to 11), an official release here said, adding the rice is worth Rs 27.21 lakh.
More than 54 vehicles engaged in attempts to smuggle rice were freezed and 174 persons involved in it were detained. Steps are also accomplished to place habitual offenders under preventive detention under the Prevention of Black marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.
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