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Published on Sunday, 14 October 2012 05:30
An investigation team probing the seizure of a gun and ammunition from a private-owned wheat factory in Yangon put the blame on the Customs Department.
The authorities seized an M20 pistol, along with 28 7.62-millimetre bullets, two magazines, a bag of blue rope and a gun strap, in a container truck inside the Diamond Star wheat factory in eastern Dagon Industrial Zone in Yangon.
A container ship, Vission-1204, was docked at the Thilawa port on September 12. It brought in 40 containers of imported wheat for Diamond Star Co.
The investigation team comprises officials from the General Administrative Department, Bureau of Special Investigation and Myanmar Port Authority.
A member of the investigation squad said, “The Customs Department inspected the container boxes at the port. So, it is solely responsible for letting through the confiscated ammunition.”
These confiscated container boxes were imported by the Diamond Star Co from Hassan Ali Rice Export Co through Singapore, and the cargo boxes were manually inspected as the X-ray machine had reportedly broken down.