DHUBRI: Dhubri Deputy Commissioner Anant Lal Gyani stopped a consignment of stone crusher to Bangladesh at Dhubri International River Port on Monday due to improper papers.
At the instance of Gyani, Dhubri Additional Commissioner Animesh Talukdar rushed to the river port and asked for papers from the importer of the consignment and instructed officials at the river port not to allow shipment of five boats loaded with stone crashers.
When contacted by The Sentinel, Talukdar informed that he had already written to custom officials in Dhubri to clarify by tomorrow about the consignment, as to whether or not the importer had completed all formalities.
The international border trading through Dhubri River Port is turning out to be an international smuggling den. Assistant Commissioner of Bangladesh High Commission in Guwahati, Dr. Shah Mohammad Tanvir Mansur, allegedly held meeting within the premises of Dhubri International River Port (Port of Call) and inaugurated the Indo-Bangladesh trade on December 26.
Dhubri Deputy Commissioner Anant Lal Gyani took serious exception to this and swung into action and instructed all the departments concerned, including Dhubri Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) and custom officials, to take action as per law codified by the Government of India.
Sources in the river port said that a total of 500 tonnes of stone crushers were brought from Bhutan and this was the third country consignment of stone crushers to be transported using the river route from Dhubri International River Port.
President of Dhubri Waterways International Traders’ Association, Atwar Rahman, when contacted said that they could not understand why the consignment was stopped from transportation today. “We have all permission and other papers with us which we handed over to the ADC,” said Atwar. He hails from Chapor of Dhubri district.
A source said that the consignment of stone crusher was to be transported to Chilamari of Bangladesh, which is 62 km from Dhubri River Port, where these stone crushers from Bhutan are in high demand for river bank protection works and other construction projects.