The Gautam Budh Nagar administration cracked down on tax evading transport vehicles arriving from Sambhal district on Friday night.
A team of officials led by district magistrate NP Singh, intercepted a convoy of trucks carrying food grains, when they were heading to New Delhi.
An amount of Rs 20 lakh was levied as fine on the 17 trucks, which were caught overloaded with goods and also evaded trading tax and ‘mandi tax’ among others, while transporting goods from Sambhal to New Delhi.
According to Singh, he received a tip-off from an informer about the arrival of trucks at Greater Noida border area. “After receiving the information, we directed the additional district magistrate, officials of transport and agriculture departments, and police personnel to reach Pari chowk at 12am and set up a check post for the trucks arriving from Kasna. We then conducted an inspection of a convoy of trucks,” said Singh.
According to the district magistrate, police and officials inspected a total of 17 trucks, which were part of the convoy arriving from Sambhal.
“Out of the 17 trucks, nine were found loaded with goods beyond the permissible weight limit. We fined them with a total of Rs 1,00,000. Another 12 trucks were carrying wheat grains were without paying trade tax worth Rs 10,00,000 and mandi tax worth Rs 9,00,000. We fined them as well. Through this action, the state government will receive a total tax amount of Rs 20 lakh,” Singh said.
All the 17 trucks have been seized by the police and according to sources, they belong to a person named Nadeem Akhtar, a native of Sambhal.
“We are coordinating with the Sambhal police to find out more details about Akhtar, who seems to be the owner of the trucks,” said Avnish Dixit, station house officer, Kasna police station.