Following the seizures, Vellore Collector A Shanmuga Sundaram threatened smugglers with stringent action, including jail terms, official sources added. Seizures in September-October alone amounted to 9.5 tonnes worth Rs 5.35 lakh. A total of 5 lorries, 32 two-wheelers were seized and 2 house owners in whose residences the rice bags were stacked have been booked, while another was arrested, Shanmuga Sundaram said. What irks residents is the increase in smuggling of rice in huge quantities by road. Earlier, smaller rice bags – hidden in bushes near rail tracks - would be loaded onto trains at either Arakkonam or Jolorpet stations when the trains stopped for signals.