A taskforce to stop smuggling in the unguarded seas
Teknaf, 15th September 03: The smuggling in of fish, spices, textile goods and drugs worth millions of taka from
In these circumstances the concerned officials have appealed to the Ministry of Home Affairs for the formation of a high-powered taskforce comprised of police, customs and coastguard.
According to sources in the customs the import through the Land Customs station at Teknaf include dried fish, mango, pickles, sandals, tamarind, betel nuts, ginger, etc., while previously the items of import included spices including cumin seeds, clove, cardamom, etc. But for the last one month there has been no import of the spices. At present items like spices, fish, drugs, weapons and fishing nets are being smuggled in directly from Sittwe to
According to the sources a total of taka 20.5 million was realized last June as revenue from the border trade, which is taka five million less than the revenue of the month of May. Now only fish is imported from
But the increase in smuggling in the high seas has posed threat both to the traders and the relevant officials, the sources said. In this regards the deputy commissioner of the Customs Excise and
According to a number of sources in the border a number of strong smuggling syndicates operating on both sides of the border control the trans-border smuggling. #