JAMMU: Seeking transfer of investigation of infamous food-grains scam of R S Pura to Crime Branch and confiscation of property of absconding trader, who played fraud with poor farmers, Chairman JKNPP, Harsh Dev Singh, on Thursday lambasted local administration for its indifference and disregard for apprehending culprits involved in massive fraud of gargantuan proportions involving poor border area agriculturalists.
Addressing media persons here, Harsh Dev Singh said that poor farmers of R S Pura, Suchetgarh, Ramgarh, Bishnah and Akhnoor had been robbed of their produce by a well-knit mafia which needed to be busted at the earliest. He said that despite continued protests by aggrieved farmers for tracing the absconding trader, no action had been taken by the administration.
Singh said that farmers claimed to have been robbed of their food-grains worth over crores but Police failed to apprehend the culprits. “Not only the case is required to be handed over to Crime Branch as desired by aggrieved farmers but culprits should be declared as proclaimed offenders,” said Harsh, calling for confiscation and seizure of property of fraudsters and its disposal, so as to satisfy claims of agitating farmers. He regretted that despite assurance of the Divisional Commissioner Jammu made to delegation of affected farmers last month for handing over investigations to Crime Branch, no action has been initiated thus creating huge resentment amongst affected farmers. He cautioned to Gherao Civil and Police administration in case investigation is not handed over to Crime Branch immediately. Absconding culprits should also be apprehended and brought to book at the earliest, he added.
Harbhajan Singh and Paramjit representatives of the aggrieved farmers revealed, “Said offenders were running their firms under the name and style of M/s Ashoka Traders International Cattle Feed through proprietor Sonu Gupta, son of Niranjan Dass Gupta and M/s Rakesh Rice Mill, Pindi Sarochan, Tehsil R S Pura, District Jammu. The said firms collected paddy and wheat from hundreds of farmers on the assurance that they would be paid remunerative prices for their produce. The poor farmers were lured by aforesaid firms operating their business through Sonu Gupta, Shashi Gupta, son of Niranjan Dass Gupta and Gourav Gupta, son of Puran Chand, all residents of R S Pura, District Jammu, to deposit their paddy and wheat during 2018-19 and 2019-20 on the promise that they would be appropriately compensated at rates higher than those prevailing in the local market.”
Gagan Partap Singh, State Secretary (JKNPP), Baldev Singh and Rash Paul Singh were also present on the occasion.