LAHORE: Collectorate of Customs Preventive team upon directions of Collector Basit Maqsood Abbasi and Director Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) Asad Raza Rizvi conducted a raid under the supervision of Additional Director Customs I&I Hassan Farid.
Sources said that Custom Intelligence along with Customs Preventive team raided a godown of Nabhi Bakhash, the infamous smuggler, in Misri Shah and detained a 22 wheeler truck having clothes, betel nut and cigarettes etc.
The joint team of Customs preventive Lahore and Directorate I&I Lahore intercepted a 40 feet container of Haji Sadiq at Misri Shah. On spot, brothers of haji Sadiq, Ateeq along with a mob offered armed resistance to the customs team and opened straight firing on Customs team and Gulzar Bhatti intelligence officer was beaten harshly and received severe injuries.
Despite sustaining injuries, both teams countered the heavy resistance at their own and got hold of the container fully loaded with smuggled tyres and welding rods.
In the process, three criminals were arrested along with illegal weapon and FIR has been lodged by Customs Preventive Lahore and separate FIR has also been registered in Police Station Misri Shah.
A joint team has been constituted to arrest other culprits and police is also accompanying for arrest of these hardened criminals. Further investigations are still in progress till the filing of this report.