Four policemen facilitated diesel, chhalia smuggling in Karachi: report
KARACHI: Four senior policemen acted as facilitators of powerful smugglers bringing in goods worth millions in Karachi illegally, an investigation report revealed on Saturday.
According to details, SSP West Dr Muhammad Rizwan sent an investigation report to Additional IG Karachi after a crackdown against smugglers bringing in Iranian diesel, Chhalia (betel nut) and other goods illegally.
The report says that the District West police seized at least 27 vehicles containing 83000 liters of Iranian diesel and patrol while 16600 kilograms of Chhalia was also seized and suspects were booked.
The police arrested a number of suspects who revealed that at least eight top smugglers are operating in the area namely Zahid alias Bara Hath, Badshah Khan, Haji Mudeer, Ali Zehri Brohi, partners Gul Taj and Akbar, Haji Ismail Punghori, partners Gandhi and Ali and partners Shahzaib and Najeeb.
The SSP West claimed that investigation revealed that four police officers namely ASI Haji Shehbaz, ASI Anwer Ali, Head Constable Jamshed and Head Constable Waheed are also supporting and facilitating these smugglers due to “ulterior motives”.
“It has become an organized crime as some policemen facilitated and took part in all these activities to earn hush money, we have taken department action against them and have suggested legal action,” said SSP Rizwan.
The police officer added that these policemen turned off their phones as soon as inquiry against their illegal activities started.
The report presented by SSP West also points out 12 major routes that are being used for smuggling in the city and recommended deployment of police force along the routes to curb illegal trade.