Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, December 8
After three weeks of lodging a complaint regarding the fitting of GPS trackers on official vehicles of the Ludhiana wing of the State Goods and Service Tax (SGST) Department, the police have registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy against unknown persons.
A case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered yesterday.
Randhir Singh, an official in the department, had filed a complaint with the Ludhiana police about three weeks ago. The complaint was marked to the cyber wing of the city police for investigation.
The SGST official in his complaint stated that they had five official vehicles which they use to conduct raids to catch GST tax evaders.
“A few weeks ago, we got information that some tax evaders had installed GPS trackers on our official vehicles and whenever the vehicles move from our offices to catch tax evaders, the latter could easily know our location and could hide their loaded vehicles easily. The tax evaders even come to know about checkpoints by tracking our vehicles’ location and they could divert their vehicles to another route,” SGST officials said.
They said when they got their vehicles inspected, they found four GPS trackers fitted on Mahindra Bolero, three on Toyota Innova, one on Mahindra Bolero, and one on Renault Triber vehicle. Nine GPS devices in total were seized.
The department handed over the devices to the police for investigation.
ADCP (Crime) Jagatpreet Singh said the crime wing was conducting investigation in a technical and scientific way and the police would soon bust the gang behind this crime.
Sources said the SGST Department was also checking the role of some employees of the department who could have connived with tax evaders as a few of the trackers were installed by drilling on the vehicles, while others were installed underneath them using magnets.
Role of employees under scanner
Sources said the Ludhiana wing of the SGST Department was also checking the role of some employees of the department who could have connived with tax evaders as a few of the trackers were installed by drilling on vehicles, while others were installed underneath them using magnets.
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