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Madhya Pradesh Govt. seizes hoarded sugar

Gwalior, Tue, 18 Aug 2009 ANI

Gwalior, Aug 18 (ANI): The food and civil supplies department of the Madhya Pradesh Government has seized illegally stocked sugar from godowns across the state.


Food and civil supplies officials backed by state police have raided sugar mills and godowns across Madhya Pradesh in the last three days.


In the Gadai Pura area of Gwalior district, the officials of food and supplies department raided and seized 210 quintals sugar from a godown.


"We received information from the state police department that they have raided a sugar godown. We seized 205 sacks of sugar from the godown. Five more sacks arrived later in a truck and we even seized that. Overall, we seized 210 quintals of hoarded sugar," said Vipin Srivastava, a food controller.


Meanwhile, in panic, sugar traders are trying to sell the hoarded sugar to people at low prices that has been illegally stored by them in godowns.


However, they claim they are doing it for the benefit of people.


People were seen standing in long queues to buy sugar at a price of rupees 28 per kilogram as opposed to the actual price of rupees 32 per kilogram.


"People have been screaming since the prices of sugar rose. So we thought whatever stock of sugar we have, we can sell it at low prices," said Mahesh Kakvani, president, Trade Committee and Sugar Association.


The food department of the Madhya Pradesh Government has decided to issue licenses to sugar traders to keep a check on hoarding and prices. (ANI)


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