ISLAMABAD - Since the devastating Marriott blast, the transporters of heavy vehicles are at the horns of dilemma owing to the 'increasing demands' of the officials of law enforcement agencies. TheNation has learnt that the transporters across the country, especially the owners of heavy trucks, tankers, trolleys and luggage carriers are being harassed and exploited by police officials in the name of scrutiny and surveillance. On one hand, they are being asked to bring the authority letters, legal documents and permit letters of transportation. While on the other hand, they are off-loaded and made to wait for hours by the police and are allowed to move after receiving bribe, alleged the transporters. They further alleged that they are being stopped and harassed at each and every check post in the name of checking. TheNation has also learnt that goods forwarders are being instructed to produce legal permit letters for transportation of goods of those items, the permit letters of which are neither issued by the authorities nor are they required. Sources while talking to this scribe, unveiled that the transportation of wheat, flour, cement, wood, oil, diesel and other heavy material across the provinces requires authority letters and permission of the authorities concerned. While other items like cattle, clay, marble, and household can be transported without any approval or permission of the governmental departments. However, the transporters are being compelled to produce permit letters for the transportation of aforementioned minor items. This practice is on the rise mostly on the land routes from Punjab to NWFP, with most of the officials of the related check posts being involved in the business of moneymaking in the form of bribes.  "We are forced to produce permit letters and legal documents of those items that do not require any approval", revealed a transporter hailing from Peshawar, wishing anonymity. "We tell the police that the transportation of minor items doesn't require any permission but they turn deaf ears towards us and allow us to proceed only after accepting heavy bribes", he alleged. Certain cases have been reported when police seized heavy trollers and carriers and locked them in police stations. Later, police released the vehicles after receiving 'heavy shares', the transporters alleged. A transporter from Taxila told this scribe that he was transporting marble to H-8 Islamabad. The 30 minutes journey was prolonged to 5 hours owing to the reckless and criminal attitude of Tarnol Police, he alleged. "I was stopped at the Tarnol check post and asked to show permit letter. Then they asked me to open the back of the truck for checking. I fully cooperated with them but they kept on accusing me of transporting explosives in the name of marble", he deplored. He further alleged that it took 5 long and painful hours to get his truck released from the police custody only after he paid fifty thousand rupees to Tarnol Police. "The entire cost of the marble was around hundred thousand rupees, out of which I paid fifty thousand rupees to the check post incharge and his men. It inflicted heavy loss to me instead of making any profit ", he added. Meanwhile, some other transporters from the same area have also alleged that an infamous ASI at Taxilla check post now a days, forcefully stops every truck and troller in the name of checking and detection of explosives and releases them after swallowing heavy amount of cash. "The CPO Rawalpindi must take immediate action to purge such dark sheep from Police Department who are inflicting heavy losses to traders besides bringing a bad name to the Department", they demanded. The transporters also deplored that the increasing demands of bribes by the police have multiplied their problems since they are already facing immense problems owing to increased taxes and surge in fuel prices. " We are left with no option but to park our trucks and look for some other business", said a transporter while demanding immediate action against those police officials who are filling their pockets under the garb of 'performing duties'.