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Shocking GST Crime! GPS trackers found in department vehicles

In surprising and bizarre news from Punjab, nine GPS trackers were found fitted in four cars of the mobile wing of the state Goods and Services Tax (SGST) department. As per reports, the said incident came to department knowledge during routine monitoring at the mobile wing. The officials have been tight-lipped about the matter.

A complaint has been filed with the Ludhiana cybercrime unit, alleging that the trackers were installed by tax evaders to keep a check on department officials' movements. The GST department has sought the assistance of the cybercrime unit to gather information on GPS trackers that use SIM cards.

In one car, four trackers were installed, while in the other, three were installed. A single tracker was installed in the other two.

According to sources, GST officials' roles are also being scrutinized as some of the trackers were installed by drilling into the vehicles, while others were installed beneath the car using magnets.

Two GPS trackers were discovered in Jalandhar mobile wing vehicles and one in a Patiala mobile wing vehicle during the routine servicing of vehicles in September and November, respectively. The three incidents of recovery of GPS trackers from tax department vehicles are believed to be the work of tax evaders, particularly members of organized groups comprised of transporters and other individuals involved in facilitating the illegal movement of goods without paying tax.

The department has finally begun an investigation into the matter.


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