The Highway Patrol personnel on suspicion intercepted a lorry at the Ulundurpet toll gate near here on Friday and found 180 bags of rice being diverted from the Public Distribution System.

The Patrol party led by sub-inspector Gunasekaran as part of its routine check up signalled the lorry that was on its way from Sendhanadu to Ulundurpet to stop. Soon after the vehicle stopped, its driver got down and fled.

It was found that the 180 bags of rice (each weighing 50 kg) were being clandestinely transported to an undeclared destination. The personnel later handed over the impounded lorry and the seized rice bags to the Food Cell in Cuddalore. Further investigation is on.