BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Sept 15: At a time when the CID is investigating corruption cases in the State Agriculture department, the recovery of over 400 agri-pumpsets from the warehouse of M/s Pathik Enterprise in Rukminigaon has created ripples. This recovery has raised a question mark over former Agriculture minister Nilamanisen Deka’s role as the enterprise involved belongs to his sons Debarshisen Deka and Rajarshisen Deka. On Tuesday afternoon, jourlists from various media houses following a tip-off, descended on the warehouse in Rukminigaon to witness around 400 agri-pumpsets being loaded in a truck bearing registration number OR-05-AE-0585. When the scribes questioned the warehouse employees about the pumpsets, they were locked by the employees inside the compound. The scribes at once conveyed the message to Dispur police station. A team of policemen then rescued the scribes and seized the pumpsets along with the vehicle. The seized pumpsets are said to be worth around Rs 60-70 lakhs.
The police is now investigating the matter.
Meanwhile, talking to The Sentinel, Nilamanisen Deka clarified: “My sons were running a dealership which has been closed down. Since there is no point in keeping the stock back here, they were sending the pumpsets back to the supplier. The Agriculture department has nothing to do with this as it is a private business.”