Public officials and local politicians in Gujarat, with the help of middlemen, allegedly sold off the groundnut procured from farmers to oil millers. In order to cover up the theft and difference in the total weight, the stocks were adulterated with sand and pebbles. 31,500 sacks with huge quantities of pebbles and sand were found. Officials of NAFED, GUJCOT and co-operatives trading in groundnut who were involved were arrested. However, some BJP leaders were allegedly involved in the scam and the Opposition claimed that the ruling party is trying to protect them.
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