602 cement bags seized, 2 held

Excelsior Correspondent
RAJOURI, Feb 2: The Police seized 602 bags of spurious cement filled in bags of branded Ambuja company and arrested two persons in this connection from Manjakote area of district Rajouri last night.
Sources said that acting on a specific information Manjakote police party led by SHO Mehmood Khan conducted raid at village Kattarmal at around 11 pm and seized a truck unloading cement bags in the shop of one Ramzan Ahmed, son of Ghulam Hussain resident of Kattarmal. Some the bags had been unloaded by the two labourers engaged by the shopkeeper. The police seized the truck bearing registration No. JK02A/2729 along with 290 cement bags and arrested Ramzan and truck driver Mohd Abbas of Dharamsal.
The truck along with both the arrested persons was taken to police station. They were placed under sustained interrogation. The truck driver disclosed that supply had been sent by one Vipin Mehta of Kangri in Sunderbani. On the information of interrogated driver, the police then raided Vipin’s premises early today and recovered 312 bags of cement. A large number of empty bags with Ambuja mark were also recovered from the premises.
The police said that spurious cement from local cement factories had been filled in the Ambuja branded bags and sold in the local market on exhorbitant rates. The cement samples were also sent to the Lab for testing and Ambuja company officials at Jammu were also informed about the matter.
SDPO Manjakote Ramesh Gupta said that police was looking for Vipin Mehta who has gone underground. The arrested shopkeeper disclosed that Vipin claims himself as authorized dealer of Ambuja company and he purchased the cement from him. The investigation was in progress and a case FIR No. 4/2014 has been registered in this connection. Cement samples have been sent to the Labs for testing, he said.