Staff Reporter

NALGONDA: In a major operation, the sleuths of the Vigilance and Enforcement wing have unearthed huge quantity of “illegally” stored rice and paddy worth about Rs. 13.70 crore from a private rice mill in Huzurnagar.

Acting on specific information, the sleuths of the Vigilance Department raided the premises of a private rice mill in Huzurnagar and seized about 1,28,000 quintals of paddy and 475 quintals rice from the godowns, sources said. The raid began on Saturday evening and continued till Sunday evening.

The officials of the allied government agencies including the Civil Supplies Department participated in the valuation of the seized stock.

The recovery of massive quantity of rice and paddy in the joint operation by the Vigilance and Civil Supplies Departments assumed significance in the backdrop of allegations on illegal hoarding of the commodity and the soaring prices of rice in the open market in the district. When contacted, the Civil Supplies Department Deputy Tahasildhar G Vidyasagar Reddy said that discrepancies in the maintenance of stock were noticed .