Onions Worth Rs 61.95 lakh Seized In Guntur For Illegal Hoarding 

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Guntur: Vigilance and enforcement department of the Andhra Pradesh government seized 1871 quintals of onions worth over Rs 61.95 lakh in Guntur district. Five cases have been booked under Section 17 (c) of AP agricultural produce and livestock market act, 1966 in the district for illegal hoading of onions without proper license.

As onion prices have skyrocketed in the state due to shortage of supply from neighbouring Maharashtra owing to incessant rains, officials conducted surprise checks from September 23-29 in various markets on 78 traders. Of the number, marketing officials filed cases against 28 traders under relevant sections.

Illegal hoarding of onions cause a hike in price and creates a situation of artificial scarcity in the markets. A total of 3,398.02 quintals of onions were seized in the state to the tune of Rs 1.65 crore.

In Nellore district, eight cases were booked and 112 quintals of onions were seized worth Rs 48.49 lakh.

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