Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Seven hundred and thirty four bags of rice, meant for distribution under the Public Distribution System, were seized from a poultry farm at Keelavadi on the Thuraiyur-Perambalur Road in the district on Thursday.

The consignment, worth Rs.4.40 lakhs, was seized by officials of the Food Cell acting on the orders of the Collector, Ashish Vachhani.

The owner of the farm, G.Rajamani (51) of Salakadu Main Road near Manachanallur, had allegedly procured the rice from the ration shops in the region and hoarded the same at the farm.

He has been detained under the Prevention of Blackmarketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.