SIALKOT: The anti-smuggling squad of Model Customs Collectorate of Sialkot has seized 437 bags of adulterated tea worth Rs20 million during raids conducted on two warehouses at Malikwal, Mand Bahauddin district. According to customs officials, the accused used to store adulterated tea in these go-downs, from where they used to supply it after packing in different companies’ packets in the markets of Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts supply. The officials have started investigation after registering a case against the accused.

During another crackdown, special recovery teams of Excise and Taxation Department sealed 227 more commercial and residential properties including several private go-downs. They impounded 60 vehicles for the non-payment of taxes in Gujranwala Division.

The owners of these properties are reluctant to pay their outstanding arrears despite repeated issuance of notices by the E&T Department.–Staff Reporter

Victims of accident laid to rest

KASUR: The victims of Saturday’s accident were laid to rest in their native towns of Changa Manga, Pattoki, Habibabad and Kot Rdha Kishan here on Sunday.

Earlier, their funeral was offered which was attended by a large number of people from all walks of life. The accident occurred when a Pattoki-bound passenger van plunged into link canal after one of its tyres burst. A total of 14 persons including four women and a child were killed in the accident. Eight other passengers also sustained multiple injuries in the incident and were admitted to Chunian THQ Hopsital.

Eyewitnesses claimed that 10 persons died instantly after the accident. They blamed that the death toll rose due to a delay in the arrival of rescuers. Locals launched rescue operation soon after the accident and pulled out the dead bodies and injured from the canal on self-help basis. The Changa Manga Police have registered a case against the van driver Imran who also got injured in the accident and is hospitalised. Meanwhile, on the directives of Kasur DPO Ali Nasir Rizvi, the DSP Traffic police have launched a campaign against speeding and drivers violating traffic rules.–Staff Reporter