Assam Police Captures Smugglers, Recover Large Quantities of Sugar
The police managed to seize only one boat during the raid as the others managed to flee in the darkness.
HATSINGIMARI: A police team from the South Salmara Police Station of the South Salmara Mankachar district of Assam conducted a raid and seized a large quantity of sugar which was being smuggled.
The police team also seized a boat and arrested three smugglers from the Rashmari area along the Brahmaputra river. Acting based on a tip-off, a police team led by the officer-in-charge of South Salmara Police Station Tilak Chandra Rai, seized a mechanized boat along with 80 sacks of sugar containing 50 kg each and three smugglers after an intensive search.
According to the reports, sugar is smuggled to Bangladesh across the Brahmaputra in several boats, but the South Salmara Police managed to seize only one boat during the raid as the others managed to flee in the darkness.
The arrested smugglers have been identified as Isa Haque, Shahidul Mulla and Jiarul Haque of Dalaner Alga Gaon under Sukchar Police Station.
A wide range of items are smuggled from India to Bangladesh through the rivers, including electronic goods, textiles, drugs, cigarettes, weapons, and even livestock. The high demand for these goods, coupled with the huge price disparities between the two countries, creates an incentive for smugglers to exploit this illegal trade route.
The smugglers employ various means to transport these goods across the border. They use small boats or rafts to navigate through the river channels, often taking advantage of the night or remote areas to avoid detection. Sometimes, they also employ locals as their accomplices to facilitate the smuggling process.
The impact of this illegal trade is multifaceted and affects both countries involved. It leads to significant revenue losses for the government through the evasion of customs duties and taxes. Moreover, it poses a threat to the domestic industries in both countries by flooding the market with illegal goods, leading to unfair competition and loss of livelihoods for legal businesses.