OKARA - Farmers complained to the administration that they were forced to sell their sugarcane to the local sugar mills at lesser rates.

During a visit to a local sugar mills, Assistant Commissioner Maham Asif was apprised by farmers that the mills circle officer and contractors pressurised them to sell their sugarcane at Rs140 or Rs130. "If a farmer refuses to sell his sugarcane at low rates, he is asked to carry his sugarcane and go to some other mills which is denial to the farmers' rights," they said.

Naib Tehsildar Shabir Ahmed got a case registered against the mills circle officer and contractor Ashraf at Okara Saddr police station under Sugar Factories Control Act and 506/B PPC.

PEDDLERS HELD

WITH DRUGS, LIQUOR

Police claimed on Thursday to have arrested peddlers with drugs and liquor. According to police sources, Ghulam Nabi was held with 1.1kg of charas, Ali Asghar with 51 litres of liquor, Arshad with 50 litres, Shahid with 20 litres, Tariq with 18 litres, Amin with 20 litres, Arif with 15 litres and Ahmad with 5 litres of liquor. The police also unearthed a distillery at 9/4L village, arrested Gulzar and seized 50 litres of liquor. Police also registered cases against them.

GOVT FLAYED

Former Tehsil Nazim and local Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Rao Jamil Akhtar alleged that everyone of the ruling party was involved in corruption. Talking to media, he said now it was Kh Asif's turn to face the music. He further alleged that the rulers were looting the public money. They would be held accountable for their corruption, he added.