A huge quantity of red gram and Bengal gram, worth Rs.13 crore, was seized following raids on private dal millers in the last one week in East Godavari, Khammam, Anantapur, Nellore, Prakasam and Guntur districts.

According to official sources, the raids were conducted in the wake of the increase in prices of commodities due to “artificial scarcity” created by hoarding in the past few months. Following specific information about unauthorised hoarding at “production points”, the raids were conducted jointly by teams of officials belonging to Civil Supplies, Revenue and the Vigilance and Enforcement Departments.

A total quantity of 25,000 quintals was seized in the raids. Cases have been registered under Essential Commodities Act against the traders in the offices of the respective Collectors (Civil Supplies). Similar operations would be conducted in the rest of the State and the confiscated material released in the market in a bid to bring down the prices.