Mancherial: Two persons were booked under Preventive Detention Act for allegedly smuggling spurious cotton seeds and duping gullible farmers. An order to this effect was issued by Ramagundam Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana on Tuesday.
According to the order, the accused traders were Birudu Ramesh, a native of Bopparam village in Nennel mandal and Durgam Venkatesh, a resident of Mala Gurijala village in Bellampalli mandal. They were indulging in trading of spurious cotton seeds and thus were cheating farmers and causing losses to the government. Two cases were registered against the two in 2021.
In a statement, Satyanarayana said that the traders were targeting innocent farmers by selling the seeds procured from agents and their associates. They were committing the crime to make fast bucks. Farmers are registering losses for sowing substandard seeds and some of them are forced to end lives following crop failure. The police department is cracking the whip against the traders, as per instructions of the government, he said.
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