The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started conducting raids on around 40 godowns in Punjab and 10 in Haryana, storing rice and wheat for the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
The raids began on Thursday night, with multiple teams of the central agency, along with CRPF personnel, swooping on the godowns. The state government was reportedly not informed of the action.
It is learnt that samples of wheat and rice from the stocks of 2019-20 and 2020-21 are being collected by the teams.
Raids are being held at almost all godowns of PUNGRAIN and Punjab Warehousing Corporation Limited, besides some godowns of FCI, said official sources. Raids are under way at Moga, Fazilka, Patti among other places in Punjab.
Sources said the raids continued into the wee hours of Friday morning. At some places, the raids were stopped for some time and then resumed.