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Smuggled Indian products flooding Comilla markets

Update : 08 Jul 2013, 07:23 AM

Despite “strict” vigilance by the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), the lack of any action against those hoarding smuggled Indian clothing, cosmetics and sarees have led to their continuous infiltration of the Bangladeshi market.

Most of the products are entering the country through illegal routes, targeting the shopping sprees ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, and are poised to land a big blow to the local industries.

Traders in most of Comilla’s markets were found stocking the smuggled goods that have made their way in through the Comilla border, reports Banglanews.

Sources said, despite tight security, the products have been flowing into the country through around 60 or so points around the 125-km border stretch of the district.

However, no actions have been taken yet regarding this matter, against shop and market owners who are stocking these products despite there being seizures of such products in the past.

A shop owner in Comilla town’s Eastern Plaza Market, Imran, said, “Indian wears and cosmetics are getting more emphasis in the different markets which would cause local fabric industry owners to face financial crisis.”

BGB units have since managed to seize only a few lots of the total products smuggled in. On June 16, the border force’s unit in Comilla stopped a truck filled with goods and seized Indian products worth over Tk20m in the Suyagazi area of Comilla Sadar upazila.

“We are continuing such operations in the border area and will further strengthen security ahead of Ramadan and Eid,” said the battalion’s chief, Lieutenant ColonelMamun Al Mahmud. He claimed that smugglers have stopped using trucks to bring in such goods due to the strict security in place.

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