LAKHANPUR: The Excise department has launched a crackdown to tighten noose around illegal transportation of quarry in Gandyal and Nagri areas.
During recent drive, a team of Excise Department caught two vehicles each carrying Bajri illegally with malafide intentions to evade the Toll.
“The action against the violators has been launched in compliance to series of Court Judgments asking the stone crusher units operating in Kerian Gandyal and Nagri and nearby areas of Kathua District to route their material through Toll Posts established at Gandyal Village and Nagri and pay Toll tax,” the statement said.
The Excise department team, it said, laid nakas at different points and chased the evading vehicles in a calculated and strategic manner on established Toll Posts Kerian Gandyal and Goondh. The accused drivers had a scuffle with the Excise team but eventually were apprehended and the vehicles were confiscated by the team and brought to Toll Post Lakhanpur. The proceedings under sections 3 & 8 of the J&K Levy of Tolls Act, 1995, were initiated and demand notices were issued to owners/ drivers of the vehicles which included Rs.89040 on account of Basic toll and toll on goods along with fine of Rs.880200.