Raid part of campaign against rising prices
Leaders Aziz Pasha, K. Ramakrishna lead the ‘raid’
Find 350 bags of pulses, grains, rice stored in godown
HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (CPI) raided the godown of a super market chain alleging hoarding of essential commodities on Friday as a part of its nation-wide campaign against rising prices.
Despite the presence of police, a couple of hundreds of activists led by the Rajya Sabha member Aziz Pasha and former MLA K. Ramakrishna broke open the gates of the godown of Magna group at L.B. Nagar and entered it raising slogans against the Government for the steep rise in prices of essential commodities.
A few senior activists of the party went inside the godown and checked the stock record. They found 350 bags of pulses, grains and rice stored in the godown where the workers were packing them for sale in the Magna outlets.
Mr. Aziz Pasha explained to the Magna group Chairman Mr. Anjaneyulu that as per the rules they cannot stock more than 2,000 quintals. Mr. Anjaneyulu clarified that the rule pertained to stocking of pulses only, adding that he was prepared for verification.
He also presented the stock position to them. However, Mr. Pasha wanted the concerned Civil Supplies officials to check the stock. The Cyberabad DCP M. Kantha Rao assured that cases would be booked against the group if more stocks were found against norms. As they waited for the officials to come party cadre grew impatient and tried to storm the godown again leading to a scuffle between the police and the cadre. Police took into custody Mr. Pasha and Mr. Ramakrishna even as the cadre tried to stop them. They were shifted to L.B. Nagar police station and released later. Civil Supplies officials came later and had a physical verification of stocks. Mr. Anjaneyulu said that only 900 quintals of pulses were stocked as against the permitted 2,000 quintals.
He said supplies from the godown go to 70 Magna outlets.
The CPI leaders held the Government responsible for the rising prices that have hit the lower and middle class families. They said the vigilance wing of Civil Supplies department had utterly failed to take action against the hoarders.