Five officials including a Tehsildar, DFO and three Head Constables arrested; three Food Inspectors absconding; Anti-Corruption Dept. takes action on Commissioner’s orders
Rs.200000/- to Rs.500000/- were received as bribe to allow more than a dozen truckloads of wheat cross Sindh border in a single day
Punjab’s grain traders’ leader reveals that wheat is being smuggled to Afghanistan
By Nazir Malik
Ubauro: Following the directives of Commissioner of Sukkur Division, the Anti-Corruption officials have registered cases of wheat smuggling against eight employees of Food and Police departments and arrested five of them while others are absconding.
In a meeting on Friday, the Deputy Commissioner of Ghotki District Muhammad Khalid Saleem briefed the Commissioner about the smuggling of wheat from Sindh to Punjab despite ban on movement of wheat from Sindh to other provinces. He told that the district administration seized 900000 wheat bags during last four months, which were being smuggled to Punjab.
He told that during the investigation government employees – Tehsildar Rasheed Ahmed, District Food Controller Roshan Ali, three Head Constables namely Rasheed Ahmed, Abdul Rasheed and Mushtaque Ali, and three Food Inspectors namely Hafeez Joyo, Sardar Mirani and Fahim Dahar were found involved in the crime.
The Commissioner ordered immediate arrest of the accused employees after which five of them were arrested by the Deputy Director Anti-corruption while three accused Food Inspectors are absconding. Cases against all the accused were registered. Further investigation is underway to unearth more elements involved in wheat smuggling.
The sources in Sindh Food Department confided that Rs.200000/- to Rs.500000/-were received as bribe for allowing 17 truck/trailer loaded with wheat bags to cross over Sindh border in a single day. According to breakup, the Ubauro Police, Revenue Officials and the Food Officials distributed the amount among them.
Meanwhile, Anwar Ahmed Najmi, President, Grain Market Rahimyar Khan and Chairman, Grain Markets Punjab disclosed that the wheat was being smuggled to Afghanistan.