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Fake cement factory unearthed

Patna police on Friday unearthed a factory manufacturing fake cement in Kachuwara village on the outskirts of Gaurichak. Its owner Kumar Singh was arrested.

By Our Special Correspondent in Patna
  • Published 2.06.18
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Patna: Patna police on Friday unearthed a factory manufacturing fake cement in Kachuwara village on the outskirts of Gaurichak. Its owner Kumar Singh was arrested.

The police seized over 5,000 bags of empty or filled cement bags.

The factory was manufacturing fake-branded cement.

Patna police sources said in the past few months they had received several complaints, including from shopkeepers, about fake cement being passed off as branded. Based on the information, the Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj alerted various police stations to find out illegal cement factories operating in the areas.

Patna police came to know of a cement factory running at Kachuwara village under Gaurichak police station. On Friday, the police conducted raids and arrested factory owner Manish Kumar.

"The factory was manufacturing cement of all brands, such as Birla Gold, Lafarge and others available in the market," said a police officer at Gaurichak police station on the condition of anonymity. The police also recovered machines for packing the cement bags and labels of different companies. The police officer said the accused used to collect expired cement bags kept in storehouses of companies and fill it up with the stuff they manufactured. They then repackaged it with logos of reputed cement companies.

"The manufacturers were in touch with several contractors and supplied cement at below the market price," SSP Maharaaj said. "The police will try to find out the contractors who, in cahoots with Manish, were using fake cement." Such cement not only poses dangers to buildings, but also makes government and cement companies incur losses.