Three persons, including officials in the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) godown in Dindigul, were detained under the Goondas Act on Friday for their alleged involvement in smuggling more than 20 tonnes in a truck from Dindigul to Bangalore – through Namakkal – about three weeks ago. “They will be in prison for six months,” Salem Food Cell Inspector P. Kennedy said.

“So far, we have arrested 14 persons. Those detained under Goondas Act were Superintendent of the godown P. Natarajan (57), its Quality Inspector K. Dhandapani (52) and truck driver R. Arumugam (34) of Salem.

As directed by the Additional Director General of Police, Civil Supplies CID, K. Radhakrishnan, a recommendation to detain them under the Act was sent to District Collector D. Jagannathan, who passed the order, Mr. Kennedy said. Since the detained persons were already lodged in the Salem Central Prison, the detention order was served to them there on Friday.

According to Food Cell Police, the smuggling was done by a well-organised and large network.

“Based on investigations, two sets of duplicate number plates were seized from the truck driver.

He also had bogus bills for the PDS rice that he was smuggling.