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Customs Court extends remand of suspects involved in betel nuts smuggling case

Customs Court extends remand of suspects involved in betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court extended physical remand of suspects namely Ihsan Ullah son of Muhammad Ullah and Abdul Rahman son of Abdul Baqi, who were involved in a case of attempting to smuggle contraband betel nuts and others goods.

On Tuesday, Sadam Hussain, investigation officer of Customs Collectorate Preventive, produced the above-mentioned suspects before the court and informed that officials of Pakistan Rangers intercepted five Suzuki pick-ups loaded with betel nuts and other goods near Maripure Road Karachi and informed the customs officials; therefore, customs officials reached there and searched the pick-ups.

Investigation officer further informed that during the search of five pick-ups, customs officials found 12 kilogram betel nuts, 72,6750 pouches Rajni brand Indian-origin gutka and after the formalities, customs authorities seized above-mentioned goods along with five pick-ups.

He further submitted that show-cause notices have been issued and displayed on customs office against owners of vehicles as well as owners of said goods, accordingly, efforts are in progress to arrest the absconding accused persons and their associates.

He requested the court for extension of physical remand of above-mentioned suspects. After hearing, the court accepted his request and extended their physical remand. The court also directed him to produce them on next date of hearing along with progress report.

Case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 156 (2) 157 (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clause 8 & 89 of section 156 (1) ibid read with section (i) of Imports & Exports Control Act, 1950 and others related laws.