Islamabad: Another consignment of liquor seized in federal capital
ISLAMABAD: Federal police have seized another consignment of 3,000 bottles of liquor being shifted from Murree to Islamabad under the alleged supervision of Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer (AETO), who managed to escape from the scene.
On the other hand, the AETO, who is notorious for having links with liquor dealers, is trying to use the influence of a former federal minister to save his skin, Daily Times learnt on Sunday.
According to sources, Secretariat police on April 29 stopped a vehicle of renowned hotel of Murree, bearing registration number ICT-MF-137 and on checking found 150 cartons (20 bottles each) of liquor in it.
Hotel vehicle’s driver Touqeer Ahmed Mughal told the police that permit of liquor was in the red color Vitz car that stopped behind the vehicle.
Murree AETO Manzar Khalid was present in the car being driven by Constable Amjad, said the sources, adding, after failing to make a deal with police Khalid instructed the constable to drove away and escaped from the scene.
Mughal also tried to drive away but police managed to stop him and shifted him to police station along with liquor.
Later, First Information Report (FIR) vide No 60 was registered with Secretariat Police Station mentioning that Murree hotel’s Bar Manager Muhammad Akbar had sent that liquor, but police neither mentioned that AETO was supervising shifting of the consignment nor it mentioned its destination.
Investigation Officer (IO) Sub Inspector Shahid Mehmood wrote first ‘Zimni’ on April 29, second on April 30 and third on May 2.
Judicial Magistrate Rai Liaqat Ali Kharal sent Mughal to jail on judicial remand and the bar manager obtained bail before arrest.
Sources alleged that Khalid had made a deal with Maliks and assured them that liquor would be shifted safely under his supervision, but after failing to do so he approached a former federal minister to save him and that is why so far police have not included his name in any ‘Zimni’.
Sources said police did not nominate the main accused in the FIR and tactfully kept the option open to make a deal with the accused.
Sources said some hotels had made a routine to sell liquor to dealers and whenever police seize their consignments they produce the permit.
Sources said Khalid was notorious for having links with liquor mafia and he uses name of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to cover his misdeeds.
On January 19, 2011, when he was deputed in Rawalpindi, a similar case happened. Police seized a hotel’s consignment being shifted somewhere and FIRs vide No 53/11 and 54/11 were registered with Civil Lines Police Station, Rawalpindi.
Khalid threatened Sub Inspector Muhammad Nazir for seizing the liquor and a report vide No 3 was registered in this regard on January 30 mentioning that Khalid had said that he had very good relations with the Punjab CM.
Later on Khalid’s friend Inspector Kawish also threatened Nazir due to which another report vide No 14 was registered with Tariqabad Police Choki, Rawalpindi on February 2.
Due to these complaints Khalid was suspended but he managed to get him transferred to Murree.