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Customs seizes smuggled textiles worth Rs 3.3 crore on fishing trawler bound for Bangladesh

Over four hundred gunny bags containing sarees and garments valued around rs three crores to be smuggled into Bangladesh from India was intercepted by the West Bengal customs when it was moving towards sagar island from Diamond harbor enroute to Chittagong on September sixth night.

the vessel was heading to cross over to Bangladesh

The persons on board the trawler were engaging in smuggling of Sarees/Garments concealed inside the trawler in about 400 gunny bags having a value of Rs. 3.3 crore approximately. Interrogation of the arrested persons confirmed that the vessel was heading to cross over to Bangladesh through an unauthorised route with an intention to smuggle Indian goods to Bangladesh. Further investigation in the matter is under process.

The fishing trawler was intercepted by the officers of the Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive) West Bengal, in the intervening night of 06-09-2020 & 07-09-2020, on the basis of specific intelligence which was coming from Diamond Harbour towards Sagar Island.

The persons on board abandoned the trawler and jumped into the waters and attempted to flee but 6 of them were subsequently arrested with the help from Indian Coast Guard and the local police.

The trawler also had flags of Bangladesh

Upon search of the trawler, various incriminating documents along with identity cards of certain Bangladeshi and Indian nationals were found. Mobile phones with Bangladeshi SIM cards and personal effects, all made in Bangladesh, were recovered. The trawler also had flags of Bangladesh and it appears that the same would have been displayed after they had illegally crossed the International border.

This is one of the biggest seizures in the recent past, involving the smuggling of export goods to Bangladesh.

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