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Customs court grants two-day remand of accused in skimmed milk smuggling

Customs court grants two-day remand of accused in skimmed milk smuggling

LAHORE: The Special Federal Court of Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling has handed over three accused to Customs Investigation and Prosecution team for more interrogation to dig out more accused in the smuggling of a large quantity of skimmed milk.

According to details available to Customs Today the Special Federal Court approved a two-day physical remand of the accused in a case of Rs9million skimmed milk smuggling. Accused named Aneel Ahmad, Muhammad Imran and Abdul Ghaffar were presented before the court for their physical custody that the court granted.

Earlier, an ASO team seized a huge quantity of non-duty-paid skimmed milk which was being smuggled for manufacturing of ice-cream.

Sources told Customs Today that Collector Faiz Ahmad received a tip-off that some smugglers were trying to smuggle a large quantity of non-duty-paid Iranian origin skimmed milk by a Hino truck.

He immediately constituted a raiding team comprising Deputy Collector Moazzam Raza, Superintendent Nasir Minhas, Inspector Sajjad Bukhari, Abdur Rehman Butt, Gulzar Bhatti and Azam Wattoo.

The abovementioned team set up a picket near Faizpur Interchange.

The ASO team intercepted the Hino truck which was coming from Quetta. The loader belonged to transporter Haji Nabi Bukhsh.

On demand, the driver of the vehicle failed to produce any relevant legal documents regarding the import and transportation of skimmed milk. The ASO team seized the whole milk and started further investigations after registering an FIR.

After initial interrogation, the customs had presented them before the court for physical remand which was granted by a Customs Judge Tahir Sabir for two days.