TAMIL NADU

Detailed probe into seizure of muriate of potash

HINDRANCE: Officials receiving petitions from the public sitting in a corridor of the Tuticorin Collectorate on Monday. Photo: N. Rajesh

HINDRANCE: Officials receiving petitions from the public sitting in a corridor of the Tuticorin Collectorate on Monday. Photo: N. Rajesh  

Staff Reporter

Consignment sent from a Tuticorin storage yard to Erode dealer Consignment sent from a Tuticorin storage yard to Erode dealer

Tuticorin: The district administration has launched a detailed investigation into the incident in which 75 tonnes of muriate of potash was found on the premises of a deserted godown at Keezhaeeral on Tuticorin-Madurai highway on Sunday.

The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, on Monday said that it was traced from an invoice lying on the godown premises that the consignment was sent from the Rahstriya Chemical and Fertilizers' Storage Yard here to a wholesale dealer in Erode.

He said that the investigation, which would be carried out by the officials from the departments of Agriculture, Police and Revenue, would try to figure out who repacked the chemical, traced at Keezhaeeral, in smaller packets. The chemical was initially stuffed in 50 kg packets at the loading point. Moreover, the labels outside some of the packs were found to have been tampered.

The Collector said that three lorries parked near the godown were seized and an enquiry was on to find whether the vehicles had any link with the illegal transportation.

Assistance disbursed

Earlier at the grievance day meeting, Dr. Palaniyandi distributed welfare assistance worth Rs.55,000 to the kin of five persons who were killed in accidents at different parts of the district.

Congestion

The grievance day was marked by protests from the public, who found it hard to move freely inside the Collectorate, as some Revenue officials placed their tables in the middle of the narrow corridors to receive petitions.

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