Prized catch: Onions worth Rs 2.35 lakh stolen from Pune; four arrested
Pune: Just five days after two people were arrested for stealing onions weighing around 550kg from Mauje Devjali village, in Junnar (92 kms from Pune) another four people were nabbed on Tuesday for the theft on the ‘new gem.’
Four men were arrested for allegedly stealing 58 bags of onion worth Rs 2.35 lakh in the district. According to the news agency ANI, Pune Rural Police has arrested the four, for stealing 58 bags of onions from the farmer on October 21. The group had broken the lock of barracks where the onions were kept.
Otur police said, “49 bags worth Rs 2 lakh have been recovered while rest of the bags were already sold."
To increase domestic supply and deliver relief to customers from rising onion prices, the Centre on Friday imposed stock limits on both retailers and wholesalers with immediate effect till December 31. Now, retailers can stock onion only up to 2 tonne, whereas wholesale traders are allowed to keep up to 25 tonne. This will check hoarding and blackmarketing, it said.
Last week, two people were caught for stealing onions weighing around 550kg and a case under 379, 511 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPL) is lodged in Narayangaon police station of Pune.
Onion prices recently gone upto Rs 110-120 per kg in the wake of damage to the standing kharif crop in producing areas amid heavy rainfall. Many areas in the district have reported many onion thefts in the past.