Mianwali: Police finally in action to curb flour smuggling
MIANWALI: The recent action against the Bhakkar district coordination officer and district police officer by the provincial government for their alleged failure to stop wheat and flour smuggling has stirred the local bureaucracy and police. The local police have arisen from a deep slumber and started taking stern measures to prevent wheat and flour smuggling from its perforated boundary towards neighbouring districts of the NWFP and Punjab.
In the last 48 hours alone, they have foiled many such attempts and confiscated 8,280 sacks of wheat and 779 bags of flour while impounding eight vehicles being used for the transportation and arresting nine people.
The City police impounded a truck laden with 1,100 sacks of wheat at Ikram Shaheed Chowk here which was on its way towards Bannu from Karachi and arrested three people, Naqeebullah, Omer Daraz and Muhammad Yaqub, all belonging to North Waziristan.
The Musakhel police intercepted two trucks carrying wheat on Mianwali-Rawalpindi Road and arrested Muhammad Nazir and Muhammad Zahid.
Similarly, three trucks laden with wheat and flour were impounded at Jinnah Barrage check-post and Muhammad Asghar, Qamar Din and Raees Khan were arrested.
In another bid, the police intercepted two Bannu-bound trucks near Dara Tang check-post and arrested Lateefullah Khan and Ghulam Muhammad.
The flour is not available in the open market here despite the fact that eight flourmills are crushing government-supplied wheat on a regular basis. However, an improvement in the chaotic flour supply situation was very much likely after the stringent preventive measure being taken by the police now.
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