159 arrested for overcharging

Raza Naqvi

Attock police arrested 159 outlaws involved in overcharging in grocery items, flour smuggling, drugs peddling and hording from different corners of the district. Police said that in compliance with the directives of the Deputy Commissioner Attock Dr. Hassan Waqar Cheema, 154 profiteers were taken into custody during the ongoing crack down launched under the supervision of price magistrates against the recent wave of overcharging on edible items within the jurisdiction of six tehsils include Attock, Pindigheb, Fatehjang, Hassanabdal, Hazro and Jand in pursuance of the policy guidelines of the Punjab Government.

The price magistrates also imposed fine of Rs.1451000 against 243 profiteers found violation of prescribed rate list of daily use items during their surprise check of 12284 retail shops. Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner Hazro Mr. Mohammad Saleem Raja along with his raiding team of Food Inspector Mr. Nadeem Azam and Monitoring Incharge Malik Ubaid foiled an attempt of wheat flour smuggling of 210 bags of 20 kg from the truck near Motorway Ghazi Interchange.

Such as, in another attempt, Assistant Commissioner Hazro and Assistant Food Controller Malik Saeed also recovered illegal wheat flour of 45 bags of 20kgs from the store of flour dealer Mohammad Bilal near Fawara Chowk Hazro.