3. (1) A person shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine which may extend to taka five thousand, or with both, if he engages in any activity prejudicial to the storage, movement, transhipment, supply and distribution of foodgrains.
(2) A person shall be deemed to have engaged in an activity prejudicial to the storage, movement, transhipment, supply and distribution of foodgrains, if he-
(a) being a person engaged or employed, whether as a worker, employee, contractor or otherwise, in connection with the storage, movement, transhipment, supply and distribution of foodgrains (hereinafter referred to as “person aforesaid”) absents himself or otherwise abstains from, his duties, whether or not in concert with others, without leave of absence or any reasonable excuse; or
(b) incites or in any manner persuades any person aforesaid to be absent or to abstain from, or not to perform, his duties or prevents him from attending to and performing his duties; or
(c) engages in any activity which causes disaffection among, or interferes with the discipline of, or obstructs the performance of duties by, any person aforesaid; or
(d) instigates, directly or indirectly, the use of criminal force against any person aforesaid; or
(e) does any act or thing which impedes, delays or restricts, or is calculated to impede, delay or restrict, the transportation, movement, supply or distribution of foodgrains; or
(f) makes, prints, publishes or distributes any document containing, or spreading by any other means whatsoever, any false statement or information relating to storage, movement, transhipment, supply or distribution or foodgrains; or
(g) causes, or does any act or thing calculated to cause, fear or alarm to the public or any section of the public in respect of availability of foodgrains.