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