KARACHI: Sindh Police in a massive crackdown on the warehouses (dumping yard), of smuggled goods coming from Quetta and Gwadar, at Yusuf Goth and recovered huge quantity of foreign origin goods worth Rs250 million approximately hundreds on Friday.
Additional IG Police Ghulam Nabi Memon, DIG Amin yusufzai, SSP West Shaukat Ali Khatian and, SHO Saeedabad along with a large contingent of policemen conducted the operation, and were later joined by Collector Customs Intelligence and Investigation Karachi Irfan Javed, Deputy Director Saad Ata Rabbani, Superintendent Sikandar Khanzada and team of the directorate.
Police faced armed resistance by the miscreants and the protestors also blocked the roads, but the Police efficiently controlled the situation. Smuggled goods including tiles, cloth, tyre, gutka, betel nut, auto parts, blanket and, narcotics were seized, which are being handed over into the custody of Customs. Several structures were also bulldozed and many persons were detained.
These foreign origin goods come from Quetta and Gwadar through five established routes and dumped at Yusuf Goth, from here the same distributed to the markets in the province.
Sources said the smugglers had developed an understanding with the security agencies and Rs100,000 were fixed for Saeedabad Police Station for each container and Rs25,000 for each bus carrying smuggled goods. Moreover, Rs30,000 are fixed for Municipal Corporation each container and Rs10,000 for each bus.
It may be mentioned here that MCC Preventive has setup check posts at five points including Ghagar Phatak, National Highway, Super Highway, RCD Highway and Manghopir. But these posts are usually out of resources, and their very existence is a big question mark.
Irani diesel is also smuggled at a very large scale through these same routes. Sources said certain oil marketing companies were also involved in the smuggling of fuel.