Police have seized nearly 27,000 litres of edible oil illegally stored in two warehouses in Rajshahi and arrested one of its owners.
On a tip-off, a team of cops raided the two warehouses in the Taherpur Bazar area of Rajshahi’s Bagmara upazila on Monday night and made the seizure.
"The seized oil includes 19,176 litres of soybean oil. The remaining was mustard oil," said IK Alam, additional superintendent of Rajshahi district police.
"The arrestee took the state-owned godown on rent. He has been identified as Shahidul Islam Swapan, 40, a resident of Cheokhali village," the officer said.
"Later we seized another 31 drums of soybean oil from a nearby godown owned by Swapan’s brother Rafiqul," he said. "His brother, however, managed to escape."
Legal action will be taken against the arrestee and the two godowns have been sealed, said ASP Alam.