: Two persons were arrested and 300 kg of rice meant for Public Distribution System seized during a surprise raid by a special squad on the forest road leading to Sakkaluthumettu near Cumbum in the district on Saturday.

The arrested were Rangasamy (60) and Paul Raj (40) of Thevaram. Six donkeys that were used for transporting the rice were also seized, said Special Squad Tashildar M. Krishnasamy. The duo were produced before the Uthamapalayam Court, which remanded them to judicial custody.

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