The police seized 1.50 tons of rice meant for Public Distribution System at Theroor near Suchindrum in the early hours of Sunday.
According to police sources, the personnel in the police control room received a phone call that PDS rice was being smuggled to Kerala.
The police control room in turn alerted the highway patrol police.
On seeing the police, the van driver sped fast and the police gave a chase for more than 8 kms.
They seized the vehicle and recovered 1.50 tons of PDS rice.
The van driver escaped from the scene after abandoning the vehicle.
Further investigation is under way.