I fear of people,weird no???
Since last few days i was going to customs and clearance office for my cargo which has come from abroad.The cargo contains my kids toys, kitchen utensils and appliances and books total weighing less than 200 kgs.I have given authorization to an agent to get my goods cleared at the customs office which is also a dry port.The agent has charged me Rs.2000/- for his service and told me not to negotiate as he won’t take any thing less or more than Rs.2000/- and i have to pay him after getting the said goods.
After filing the required documents i was told to come to the customs office so that the concerned authority will check my goods in my presence. We have reached moon and use advance technology to check baggage at the airport but our government doesn’t have a sense to use a scanner to check the goods which arrive by the sea.The customs inspector removed all the packed things manually from the boxes and got them placed on the floor .My glass serving bowls and glasses were broken when they were placed on the ground inspite of me giving them running commentary to do it carefully and slowly.
I was exempted from the paying the customs duty cause i have stayed more than 2 years abroad. So, i just had to pay Rs.309/- towards customs duty as my cargo doesn’t contain any new electronic items .The inspector told me that he is taking a personal risk and personal interest towards me and he is charging me ONLY Rs.309/-.
The reward for his personal risk and personal interest was i have to donate Rs.2000/- towards chairs as our government is very poor and can’t afford chairs in the central government offices.I told him i am not going to pay anything more than rs.309/-.This all was communicated to me by the agent not by the official himself.
That day i reached the customs office by morning 11.00 am (went there twice before).I was told that i will get the goods cleared by 1.00pm.Then the agent took me to concor for some identification which took 5 hours of waiting just to be asked my name, from which place i have come and how long i stayed there.Then my agent got the draft of rs.309/- and said that’s it.Your goods will be cleared in half an hour time.The time then was 5.00 pm and the warehouse gets closed by 6.00pm.
The agent again asked me to pay the donation,which i bluntly refused to pay.Now the time was 5.40pm.I was really pissed of and i never felt in my life so weak and helpless.I wanted to take my things at any cost that day.Was planning to ask help from the people there but whom do i approach?? i totally lost faith in people that day and i was frustrated….
Then i started negotiating with the agent regarding the donation money and agreed to pay Rs.1000/- as i did not have that much cash with me. I wanted to get rid of that place at any cost as my friend who was accompanying me was a diabetic and after breakfast he didn’t eat anything. I was scared if anything happens to him,he is a young guy but he has not taken his pills and food.
At last the agent agreed for Rs.1000/- as donation and the time was 5.50pm and agent was still confident that i can take my things.I was asked to pay the warehouse charges and did the payment as per the govt rules.
Then they took special interest and the risk of opening the warehouse after 6.30pm and i was able to take out my goods by paying Rs.1oo each to the coolies.The time then was 6.40pm . My auto guy was waiting for me from 4.00pm and he was blessing to me.They congratulated me that i got my goods and i can go now.
Then i told my friend to go home and have his food. He took assurance from the auto guy and left at 7.00pm.From 6.40pm to 7.30pm i was held up at the gate i was not issued a gate pass.Then at 7.30pm i was called to sign some papers to get the gate pass which allows me to go out of the warehouse.There again i was asked to pay some amount to the officials as they opened the warehouse after their official closing time which was 6.00pm.Again told the same thing that i don’t have any cash and came out and sat in the auto.
Now the time was 7.50pm,the agent came running to me and said he needs another signature from me.I went inside and again they asked me for the donation.That was the scariest moment.My friend left,i was all alone and these guys were asking me for the money.I told them as i already agreed to pay Rs.1000/- towards the donation and Rs.2000/- as agent fee and i will send it to the agent the next day.The time was 8.10pm and luckily the auto guy came in and said to me that he has to leave and with him i ran out and took the auto.But i was again asked to pay some amount at the gate by the security fellow which i refused to pay.
Reached home at 10.00pm and luckily the auto guy was a good person and he didn’t charge anything extra and carried all my things to my flat. Whole night i didn’t get sleep thinking about these people leeches and the pain and anguish they caused me for the whole day.
That didn’t end that day.Morning got up with severe headache and didn’t send kids to school because they were super excited to see their toys and books. We all went to sleep at 2.00pm and some one knocked the door.I got up and was about to open the door but my mom stopped me and saw two guys from the eye.To her shock she saw two hefty guys standing outside the house.I opened the door luckily my grill was locked.They said the agent has sent him to get Rs.3000/- from me.I called up the agent and shouted at him why he sent people to my house for the money as i told him i will send the money with my friend the next day which i didn’t do because my friend was not well.
He said sorry you give Rs.3000/-.To which i replied that i am supposed to pay only Rs.2000/- and i won’t pay anything more than that.If you say it is your fees that you should have told me before and if it was donation i refuse to pay it.For that he threatened me of dire consequences.I told him my friends work in TV9 (local telugu channel) and ETV.If you are threatening me than i will involve them in this and they will talk to you not me.Then he changed his voice and said madam what ever you want to pay you pay and he disconnected the line.This was the first time i experienced fear,my legs were shivering and i was blank.Luckily my mom was there,she gave me water and said there is no need to fear i am with you.Then i gave those people their agent fees and they left without any word.
It’s not the money but the pain and the fear they caused me to pay the donation.Had they done my things in time and without causing any pain and fear i would have given but the thought of paying them extra i wouldn’t digest.I still fear they may cause some harm to us.Googled for the local police patrol no and saved in my mobile and gave my friends from tv9 and etv no to my mom.Whole night i didn’t sleep,inspite of husband telling me not to fear as i have not done anything wrong and they wont come back.He said what you did was right and no need to fear.
I clicked the below snap there and the contact no and the email id was covered by the complaint box.
Sorry for the poor snap.The board says:-
Lets make everyday
AN ANTI CORRUPTION DAY
If any employee of central government,nationalised banks/PSU’s demand bribe from you
is abusing his official power for personal gains…….””
Inform CBI and the phone number and the email id was covered by the complaint box.
Ps:Read donation as bribe
Sorry for the length of the post