The excise and taxation department on Wednesday raided the Ludhiana railway station and found around 400 cartons of hosiery material without proper billing. These cartons were supposedly to be loaded on different trains.
The team that raided the railway station included five excise and taxation officers (ETOs), five inspectors and police personnel who went to the godown where these boxes were kept. The raid was conducted after the excise sleuths received information from a source.
Members of the knitwear club and hosiery owners reached the spot after they received the information of the raid and protested against the excise department.
Mafia works at the railway station in which cartons of different articles are brought inside the station allegedly in association with the police and other officials and then these cartons are send towards their destinations.
Sources in the excise department said at least 400-500 cartons filled with hosiery articles were seized from the godown at railway station.
Excise and taxation officer (ETO) Manmohan Singh said several cartons were inspected at the railway station which were suspected of having no bills. “The checking is going on to ascertain as to how many cartons were without the bill,” said Singh.
Singh said till evening, 104 cartons of ready-made material and other stuff were checked and seized. The seized material was without a bill.
“At present, we do not know about the exact amount of the material that has been seized,” added Singh.
Sources said the seized material from railway station costs at least `20 lakh. However, as the raid was on till the filing of the report, the amount could go up.
On the other hand, Knitwear Club president Darshan Dawar said the excise department was silent earlier and had suddenly conducted this raid.
He questioned as to why the department failed to take action against the mafia that operated inside the railway station.