PESHAWAR: A criminal complaint against the employees of the Excise, Taxes and Drug Regulation Department for interference with their affairs has been reported by the National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP).
The development comes as the Excise Department accused the NHMP on Friday night of blocking its attempt to foil drug smuggling on GT Road in the Suriyakhel area of Nowshera district.
A verbal confrontation between the NHMP and excise officials have resulted from the incident.
The two parties later approached the police station of Akora Khattak taking action against each other.
Excise dept accuses motorway police of blocking its bid to foil drug smuggling
According to sections 431, 186, 353, 506 and 427 of the Pakistan Penal Code, the Akora Khattak police have registered a case against three staff members of the excise and tax department.
A war of words was also launched by the NHMP and excise department and comments were released to the media blaming each other for the humiliating event.
The Excise Department has sent an application for the registration of cases against NHMP workers to the Police Station.
In a release, the department of excise, taxation and drug control reported that when the incident took place, the excise police station, Mardan area, tried to intercept a vehicle smuggling heavy heroine consignment to Punjab.
It was said that sub-inspector Fahimullah was directed to stop the vehicle while the excise workers set up a checkpoint on Grand Trunk Road near Akora Khattak in the district of Nowshera for the reason.
As the workers halted the car, the department said an NHMP team turned up and the official chief told the driver of that vehicle to leave.
It said that the barricades set up by it were also cleared by the NHMP workers.
The department said the move of the NHMP caused a bitter verbal confrontation between the two sides and the NHMP workers tried in vain to take away an excise officer at gunpoint in their car.
It said both department officials had had tense exchanges about the incident.
The department said the NHMP had a case reported at the Akora Khattak police station against Mohammad Riaz, Fahimullah and another excise officer.
It claimed that it had also contacted the Akora police to file a complaint against at least three NHMP employees.
A spokesman for the excise department said that the excise workers were attempting to apprehend a vehicle to Punjab carrying approximately 30 kg of heroin and the NHMP staff intervened after the vehicle was halted.
He said, “This NHMP action lacks any justification.”
NHMP official Nasrullah Khan, on the other hand, told the Akora Khattak police that they protested to the excise workers that they were testing vehicles recklessly, which could have life-threatening consequences for travellers.
He said the NHMP fine collection vehicle was stopped by excise officer Fahimullah and asked the staff members to produce registration papers.
He told his DSP, who hurried to the site and attempted to lift the blockade in order to relieve the traffic blockade, the official said. Meanwhile, further excise staff showed up and dragged the fine collection vehicle away by force.
He said that the excise workers seized the handset and attempted to physically take it away as he tried to record the incident on his cell phone.
In September 2019, the provincial assembly passed the KP Control of Narcotics Substances Act to allow the province’s excise department to control drugs.