Detection of lorry-load of dhal reveals pilfering racket from IDP stores?

Two suspects arrested at checkpoint claim they have been making such transportation for some time
By Karuwalagaswewa Jayaratna

Two people along with a lorry-load of more than 14,000 kilos of dhal that had been allegedly pilfered from an IDP food storage in Vavuniya, were arrested yesterday at a check point near Saliyapura.

According to police, the two suspects claimed that they were given the load by a trader in Vavuniya town and were told to make the delivery after making a telephone call on reaching Colombo.

Police said the dhal is believed to have been taken from a warehouse that stores food and other items for the IDPs in the Vavuniya camps. Police suspect that several other persons are involved in this racket that has been going on undetected for some time.

The suspects had told police they had made similar runs before and had not faced any problems. ccording to police the suspects claimed they would not have got involved in the transportation of the dhal if they knew the true nature of the stock.

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