KARACHI: Anti-smuggling Organization (ASO) of MCC Preventive Karachi has recovered large quantity of smuggled betel nut (areca) and rice from Metroval Banaras area and lodged an FIR against the financiers and abettors of the crime.
Information was passed through Collector Saquif Saeed to Additional Collector Haroon Waqar Malik to the effect that a Hino truck loaded with betel nut in the garb of rice was coming from Tobatek Sindh to Karachi.
Deputy Collector Muhammad Asim Awan formed a team comprising Superintendent Jamal Zia, IPS Iftikhar Hasan and others to mount surveillance. Subsequently, the suspected vehicle was spotted and signaled to stop, but the driver tried to speed away. However, the vehicle was apprehended but driver escaped.
When the cover load of vehicle was removed, PP bags of betel nuts were recovered. As no claimant came forward to substantiate the lawful possession of recovered Betel Nut concealed beneath the loaded Rice in the Hino Truck, it is indicative of the fact and strong reasons to believe that the impounded impugned goods are smuggled. Betel nut worth Rs7.2 million, rice worth Rs2.75 million and the vehicle worth Rs5.0 million were seized.
An FIR is lodged and investigations are underway.