FDA-4Worried about inflation and its effect on the next elections, senior leaders of all parties voiced the urgent need to take action against hoarders. This set the officer into action who raided APMC. The reaction of merchants was not surprising when they attacked the officials but despite that Rs. 11 Crores worth grains were seized. Rajeev Mishra traveled to all parties involved in the issue to sum up the complete picture. Viewers can recall that Union Agriculture Sharad Pawar, Dy. CM R R Patil and Food and Supplies Minister Sunil Tatkare had gone on stating in public the need to take action against hoarders. However, the attack on FDA officers at APMC has exposed that taking action against hoarders is not going to be such an easy task for rationing officers. Dy. Controller of Rationing Dept. Thane Manoj Suryavamshi informed NMTV News that his squad that had gone to check APMC Market, they found that most merchants did not have license. He informed that despite the physical assault, their officers have managed to seize grains worth Rs. 11 Crores from hoarders. He pointed out that his officers were attacked when they were making a case against merchants operating without license. The officers have vowed to take the police support to make their drive against hoarders more aggressive. At APMC, the Grain Merchants’ Association secretary Nilesh Veera accepted that the officers were beaten but merchants weren’t the ones who did it. He accepted that two merchants were booked. At the APMC Police Station, Investigating Officer Jaisingh Tambe said that the incident of beating up rationing officials took place in the P, Q and N lane and arrest are in the offing. There is no doubt that had the rationing officers not been assaulted, they would have seized grains worth mind boggling Crores of Rupees from hoarders at APMC. Sources at the rationing office say that not just merchants but several senior NCP leaders too will be exposed in this drive for supporting merchants. Several NCP leaders are already making under cover visits to Mantralaya and Ministers offices to deter the rationing drive on hoarders. They might even be successful in doing this but people in power should not forget, that the common man who faces inflation, unemployment, poverty and illiteracy will not forgive or forget these problems on the day their vote will decide the fate of ministers and public representatives. With cameraperson Ravi Nikam, Rajeev Mishra for NMTV News.

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