The Food Cell Police arrested six persons on the charges of smuggling rice meant for public distribution system to Kerala from Goodalur near here on Saturday.

A total of 700 kg of rice and five mopeds were seized from them. The arrested were S. Palpandi (48), C. Mokkai (45), P. Murugan (33), P. Pandi (38), M.K. Kalyani (45) and P. Nambiyar (41) – all belonging to Goodalur.

Talking to presspersons, Food Cell Inspector S. Kumaresan said that the arrested had been transporting rice in mopeds up to the foothills of the Western Ghats and smuggling to Kerala as head-load. The arrested were produced before the Uthamapalayam Court, which remanded them in judicial custody.