Staff Reporter

METTUR: A total of 180 bags of rice meant for supply under the public distribution system (PDS) were seized near here on Saturday when the rice was being illegally transported to Karnataka.

Acting on a tip off, food cell personnel conducted a vehicle check on the Tamil Nadu Karnataka border. The team intercepted a lorry.

They found ration rice in the vehicle and seized it.

In the preliminary inquiry, it was revealed that the rice was being taken to Karnataka.

The personnel arrested three persons, Ramakrishnan (60), Gopi (34) and Manickam (28), in this connection.

Further investigation was going on, sources said.