MIRPURKHAS – Sindh Food Department’s Vigilance Committee has sealed a warehouse for storing gunny bags and their unfair distribution among the growers.Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Committee Chairman Mir Shahnawaz Magsi said the Sindh Food Minister has taken notice of the non-provision gunny bags to the growers and directed a strict action against the culprits involved across the province. He said various cases of corruption have been reported in distribution of gunny bags and officials of food department are also involved in it. “We are paying surprise visits to the suspected places”, he said adding, “About 1,092,000 bags have been distributed in Sanghar in eight day and a detailed report in this connection has been sent to Sindh Food Minister Mir Nadir Ali Magsi.” He said that after receiving corruption cases in distribution of bags, he also visited district Mirpurkhas and on his recommendation, deputy director food Mirpurkhas Sarfaraz Ahmed Mahota has been suspended for being involved in corruption.“The warehouse has also been sealed and the minister has sought all the record from district food controller Mirpurkhas.” He said that legal action would be taken against food department’s officials involved. He said that his priority was to ensure reaching of bags to each grower. Meanwhile, police booked Siddiqui Floor Mill owner and his son in charges of fraud and issuing fake cheques on the complaint of District Assistant Food Controller here. Ahsan Jarwar lodged the case under section 420, 409, 489(F) and 34 PPC with Satellite Town Police Station, accusing that his department had been made an agreement with the mill for stocking wheat bags and so far 820,146 wheat bags have been stocked. He further said he has been checking the stock and under the agreement, the flour mill would be responsible of any weight losing and damages of the wheat bags. He said as he counted the bags for confirmation, about 34,487 of them were found missing from the stock. When contacted, accused Haji Iqbal Ahmed Siddique and his son Arif Iqbal admitted that they had sold out the wheat bags which price was RS 94,839,250. To settle the issue, the accused issued 12 cheques of the amount on March 25. But, two of the cheques were not owner by the bank concerned. Talking to media, Haji Iqbal said the wheat bags over 8,000 were stocked in their flour mill which had been damaged during the last year’s heavy rainfall and the case of settlement with food department was in proceeding in a local court.