40,000 litres of smuggled diesel seized

The customs department has confiscated 40,000 litres of smuggled diesel at RCD Highway. According to details, credible information was received that a tanker bearing registration TMA-090 would be used for transportation of smuggled/non duty paid Iranian diesel oil from Balochistan to Karachi via RCD Highway under the cover of imported Petroleum Bitumen. Following the said information, a customs team was constituted to intercept the said oil tanker laden with smuggled diesel oil.

The team mounted strict vigilance on the movement of oil tankers coming from Balochistan via RCD Highway. Resultantly, the said oil tanker was spotted near Moachko choke point. The driver, identified as Khair Jan son of Muhammad Jan was asked to declare the goods loaded on the vehicle to which he declared that the vehicle was loaded with bitumen and produced Goods Declaration (GD), showing the name of importer as M/s Haji Moheem Jan Enterprises, Chitkan, Panjgur.

Subsequently, a cursory search of the oil tanker was conducted which revealed that there were two chambers filled with Bitumen and the team also found hidden tanks in between the bitumen fitted inside the vehicle. However during search, it could not be ascertained the actual goods with its quantum inside the hidden tanks but it was confirmed that some goods other than declared goods were also loaded in the said oil tanker.

Therefore, the oil tanker was escorted to customs state warehouse-III, Keamari for the completion of further necessary formalities along with driver and cleaner. At the state warehouse-III, Keamari, the service of technicians were hired for the required task who after the process of cutting the welded inlets & caps of the oil tanker detached the hidden tanks by way of safe hammering to avoid the risk of combustion of the POL product.

Later, thorough examination of said oil tanker revealed the presence of smuggled diesel in the specially built cavities/hidden tanks. The customs team after completion of physical examination claimed to have recovered 40,000 litres of diesel worth Rs 3.6 million from hidden tanks. Consequent upon recovery, the case has been registered and further investigation is in progress.