Hyderabad: The Rachakonda Commissionerate, invoked the Preventive Detention Act against two persons, Nomula Venkanna and Vagalagaani Ashok, who were caught processing spurious cotton seeds at a godown in Brahmanapally village under Abdullapurmet mandal on 16 August. The two have been sent to the Central Prison in Cherlapally.

The police were accompanied by agriculture officials of Hayathnagar mandal.

According to the police, the two were involved in selling banned herbicide-tolerant cotton seeds in the Rachakonda commissionerate limits and Nalgonda district. They trapped the poor farmers and cheated them resulting in farmer suicides, said the police.

Venkanna and Ashok along with Chinthala Venkateshwarlu, Pathlavath Kishan Naik, and Putta Venkata Ramana procured seeds from Nandyala in Kurnool district. They took the seeds to a godown in Brahmanapally where they mixed them. Further, they would add chemicals to the procured cotton seeds then pack and label them as popular brands like Billa, Pavani, and Sapranch Gold. The gang told dealers and farmers that their cotton seeds yield good crops and brought in high revenue. They sold a 450-gram seed packet for Rs. 500.

One of the gang members, Putta Venkata Ramana, was detained under the PD Act on 12 August 2020 and sent to the Central Prison in Cherlapally, said the police.

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