Admin strictly monitoring exit points to foil wheat smuggling bids

RAWALPINDI - The Food Department Rawalpindi and district police on the directives of Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Tahir Farooq were strictly monitoring all the exit points of Rawalpindi district to foil wheat and flour smuggling bids while the administration succeeded to intercept dozens of trucks besides seizing over 31,428 wheat and flour bags. According to a district administration spokesman, the authorities of the food department along with Rawalpindi district and motorway police managed to seize over 31,428 wheat and flour bags and 26 tons fine wheat flour (maida) during June.  53 truckloads of wheat, flour and fine wheat flour (maida) were confiscated while the drivers namely Afaq, Usman, Sajid, Shah Zaib, Zaheer, Imran, Abbas, Zakir, Fareed, Burhan ud din, Sajjad, Mukhtar, Rehmat, Ismail, Khawar, Ghulam Abbas, Malak, Amir, Akhtar, Janullah, Abdul Majeed, Mashood, Faisal, Aman, Ibrar, Ghulam Mustafa, Riaz, Rehmanullah, Rasool Muhammad, Ali Raza, Qasim, Ali Akbar and others were also sent behind the bars.

The authorities had been directed to strictly monitor district exit points to control wheat smuggling, he said adding, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rawalpindi Tahir Farooq had instructed the authorities to  monitor the movement of wheat round the clock and take strict action in accordance with the law against the rules violators.

The spokesman said that all the exit points of Rawalpindi division were being monitored 24/7 to control wheat smuggling as the administration had set up 14 check posts at exit points of the four districts of the division to check wheat smuggling.

The administration in collaboration with police and special branch, was carrying out operations and a special monitoring system had also been developed particularly for exit points of Rawalpindi division to check wheat smuggling. A comprehensive plan had been formulated to curb the smuggling of wheat, he added.

The check posts were set up at exit points of Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal districts, he said and informed, the district administration in collaboration with the Motorway police and the food department was making efforts to control wheat smuggling.