Chinese Dry cell Batteries held in Arakan raise a few more questions
Msungdaw, June 11: The area commander of Nasaka border security forces Area 5 in northern Arakan State seized Chinese dry cell batteries worth over kyat one million from a large barge allegedly meant for smuggling into Bangladesh, a source in the Nasaka told.
On May 19, Major Khin Lay Maung, acting on a tip-off lay in wait in the Ngakhura creek on the Burmese side and seized the boat with contraband items. The crew members were able to flee the scene while contraband items included Sun brand dry cell batteries in 30 large snakeskin bags.
The Nasaka Area 5, based at Ngakhura village in Maungdaw township, opposite Hnila border point on Bangladesh side, has been used for years by the smugglers as safe haven for the contraband items like electrical and electronics goods brought from China including colour TVs, VCD players and many home appliances.
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A merchant from Maungdaw told our correspondent that bribes open up smuggling routes to Bangladesh and that, the confiscation of batteries was a ‘sequel to misunderstanding’ between the smugglers and the Nasaka major who confiscated the batteries. “The smugglers bribed the Military Intelligence stationed there but did not give anything to the Nasaka Area 5 nearby,” he said. #