Crackdown against erring ration dealers in Darjeeling

Darjeeling, Sept 12 : The crackdown against erring ration dealers in Darjeeling Hills continued with the arrest of Nand Kishor Agarwal and his associate from Sukiapokahri area on Thursday.

Darjeeling's superintendent of police Kunal Agarwal said Nand Kishor Agarwal, an influential businessman and ration dealer was arrested along with his driver Sanjib Subba
for allegedly diverting food grains with the intention of profiteering.

Agarwal's arrest came a day after Brij Mohan Garg, the president of the Darjeeling Chamber of Commerce and Darjeeling Gymkhana Club, was arrested for his alleged role diverting rations, meant for public distribution system. Garg was also allegedly involved in burning down a forest bungalow at Takdah on August 1.

Garg also allegedly helped Gorkha Janmukti Morcha with finances for carrying out the agitation, which had paralysed the Darjeeling hills for over a month.

Before Garg arrest, another ration dealer Himanshu Garg, and two other ration dealers Dilip Parik and Mangay Lal Parik were arrested from Sukia Pokhari area, and another Ashoke Periwal for their alleged involvement in financing and diverting food grains to GJM activists.

--IBNS (Posted on 13-09-2013)

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