3 Levies personnel arrested for taking money from transporters

BARA: The administration of Khyber tribal district has sent three Levies personnel to lock up and suspended three others over receiving money from goods transporters on check posts.

According to a press release issued from the deputy commissioner’s office, Deputy Commissioner Mehmood Aslam Wazir had received public complaints that two Levies personnel in Bara and four in Jamrud were receiving money from transporters on check posts. The deputy commissioner directed the concerned assistant commissioners to take action over public complaints. Subsequently, two Levies personnel from Bara and one from Jamrud were arrested, while three others from Jamrud were suspended.

Four days ago, the deputy commissioner’s office issued a statement, directing all the assistant commissioners to make sure that the goods vehicles are not be charged with any tax while crossing check posts. The goods transporters were asked not to pay money in any head to the security personnel at the check posts. The statement said goods transport vehicles have been exempted from transit tax and it cannot be collected at any check post now.

Banners have also been displayed at the check posts for information of transporters and contact numbers have also been given for lodging complaints.

The Prime Minister’s Complaint Cell, chief secretary or commissioner’s office can also be contacted for any difficulties in this regard. The deputy commissioner has also directed the assistant commissioners to pay surprise visits to the check posts to ensure implementation of the order.

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