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Dhaka Tribune

Smuggled camels held on Mogholhat border in Lalmonirhat

Update : 06 Dec 2013, 06:01 PM

At least 12 camels smuggled into Bangladesh from India were held by the Border Guard Bangladesh members on the Mogholhat border in Lalmonirhat sadar upazila Thursday night.

The BGB men seized the camels and later brought them to the local BGB camp.

Commander Nayek Subedar Abdul Hamid of Mogholhat BGB camp said the camels were held on the border while they were being brought from India without any corridor paper.

Anyone could import camel from the neighbouring country paying revenues of Tk6,000 to the customs, excise and vat office against each camel, he said.

The Border Guard Bangladesh authorities released the camel afterwards as the owner of the camels paid revenues to the government, he added.

Trader Kashem Ali said he failed to collect necessary papers from the customs office as its official wasn’t available right that time.

“I paid the government Tk72,000 as revenues and took back the camels yesterday noon,” he said.

Kashem said he bought each of 12 camels for Tk80,000 from the Indian trader Thursday morning. These would be sent to the capital. The trader added that one of the camels would be sold between Tk1,30,000 to Tk1,50,000.

People living close to the border alleged that Mogholhat border was safe corridor for camel smuggling.

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