Vigilant sleuths of Excise Department at Toll Post Lakhanpur in a successful operation foiled a major attempt of tax evaders to smuggle a huge cache of cigarettes weighing around 1200 kilograms outside the State.
Cigarettes attract toll tax at the rate of Rs.4000 per quintal and evaders tried to hoodwink the toll authorities by declaring the goods as ‘Telephone Goods’ which attracts toll at a much lower rate of Rs.100 per quintal, a statement of the Excise Department said.
Accordingly, a vehicle was intercepted and seized at the Export Weigh bridge of the Toll Post and recovery of Rs.5,28,000 on account of toll and penalty leviable under section 8 and 13 of J&K Levy of Toll Act, 1995 was made from the vehicle.
The whole operation was supervised by Ashish Kumar Gupta, Deputy Excise Commissioner, Toll Post, Lakhanpur and carried out by Excise and Taxation Officer Sandeep Gupta along with a team of Excise Inspector, Harish Chander, Sub-Inspector, Ravi Kumar and Excise Guard, Mohammad Rafi.
Excise Commissioner, Talat Parvez Rohella applauded the sustained enforcement efforts of the Toll Post and enjoined the Excise officials to continue their work with same zeal and enthusiasm.