Racket in diverting fertilizer busted

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The shadow wing of the City Police cracked a racket diverting to Tamil Nadu potash meant to be distributed in Kerala and arrested two persons.

The fertilizer was imported from Jordan by the Union government organisation Indian Potash Limited at the rate of Rs.32,804 per tonne and distributed through the Kerala State Cooperative Marketing Federation (KSCMF) at the subsidised rate of Rs.4,255 per tonne.

Documents forged

The police case was that Rajam Traders of Alappuzha, one of the franchisees of KSCMF, secured 32 tonnes of potash meant for distribution in Kerala and tried to take it to Pollachi after forging documents that it had been sold to Universal Trade Links, Alappuzha. This consignment was originally priced at Rs.10.50 lakh and distributed through the KSCMF at the rate of Rs. 1.36 lakh. Those arrested are Prasad Kumar, owner of Rajam Traders and Dhananjayan, owner of Universal Trade Links, both belonging to Alappuzha.

The police also took into custody two trucks filled with 32 tonnes of potash.