New Delhi: On a fishing trawler (boat) going to Bangladesh, customs seized smuggled textiles worth Rs 3.3 Crore. It was to cross over to Bangladesh through an illegal coastal route platform. However, this boat also carrying Indian Origin items under the guise of fishing, as per intelligence. As per sources, the Customs chiefs had kept a vigil from many key aspects with the help of the Coast Guard.
However, in an official press release stated that officers of the Commissionerate of Customs of West Bengal has traced the fishing boat. They have taken this action at the night time on yesterday. In fact, as per report, the trawler was coming from Diamond Harbour toward Sagar Island.
They saw the fishing trawler from a distance on the stated route. However, the trawler changed the route. It also tried to escape after noticing the official vessels. They have finally caught close to Geonkhali. The men on board left the trawler and jumped into the waters. In fact, they tried to flee but six of them later arrested. They did this task the help from Indian Coast Guard and the native police.
The press report further stated, inquiry of the arrested men verified that the boat was heading to cross over to Bangladesh. Also, they were tackling this via an illegal route with a purpose to smuggle Indian goods to Bangladesh. Further analysis within the matter is under process.
What Items found from Smugglers?
The people on board the trawler have been taking part in smuggling. They have carrying out an illegal deal of Sarees/Clothes. In fact, the trawler has comprising in about 400 gunny bags having a worth of Rs. 3.3cr roughly.
While searching the trawler, they found various incriminating documents along with identity cards of certain Bangladeshi and Indian nationals. Bangladeshi cell phones with SIM cards and personal gadgets, all made in Bangladesh, had also recovered too. The fishing boat even had Bangladeshi flags; it hints that they have displayed the same after crossing the international border illegally.
This interception showed that all these unlicensed routes are being carefully tracked by state agencies. In fact, they are observing this to stop any illegal activity. It also in the interest of public safety of the nation. This is surely one of the largest seizure activity in the recent past. It includes the smuggling of export items to Bangladesh.
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