Rawalpindi-The Food Department Rawalpindi and police while conducting raids in various parts of district have foiled a bid to smuggle wheat and flour besides seizing 431 bags of the commodity, informed a police spokesman on Thursday.

According to him, police also arrested three drivers and impounded three trucks. Separate cases have also been registered against the drivers while further investigation was underway, he added. He said that the authorities of the Food Department along with Naseerabad police confiscated a truckload (141 bags) of flour. The driver was held by the police on the spot, he said. The detained driver has been identified as Gul Zameen, he added.  Similarly, the teams of Food Department along with Taxila police came into action in area and foiled flour smuggling bid by arresting a truck driver namely Qamar. The police recovered 70 flour bags from the possession of the truck driver against whom a case has also been registered.

Similarly, Waris Khan police arrested a truck driver namely Farhad and seized 220 flour bags from his possession.

The authorities concerned 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 strictly monitor the movement of wheat 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 round the clock to control wheat smuggling as the administration had set up 14 checkposts 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.

He said that a comprehensive plan had been formulated to curb the smuggling of wheat, adding that the checkposts were set up at exit points of Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal districts. He informed that the district administration in collaboration with the Motorway police and the Food Department was making efforts to control wheat smuggling.