Smugglers have fun in Madhesh province – myRepublica


JANAKPURDHAM/ BARA, August 12: At 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday, a car registered in India BR 01 BN 47 loaded with bags of clothes smuggled in the Madar customs checkpoint area rammed a cyclist on the Siraha-Choharwa road section . The driver left the car on the road and fled after Dinesh Sada and Yasin Dhami from Siraha-22 Municipality who were riding their bicycles were injured. After reaching the scene of the accident and investigating, a police team from Bishnupur Police Station recovered three bags of clothes from inside the car. The car with the recovered clothes was handed over to the Madar district customs office on Thursday through the Siraha district police office.

The customs office has no trace of the entry of the car with contraband goods. According to the customs office, there is no official record of the car entering Nepal via Madar crossing point from last Sunday to Wednesday. According to the Border Out Post Madar, as the ground clearance of the car is very low, it is very unlikely that the car could have entered Nepal from the border area other than the main border point. According to police sources, a person from Bishnupur Rural Municipality was using the car to transport contraband goods across the country. If the accident had not happened, the car and the contraband goods would not have been found. The police assessed the cost of the recovered clothes at around Rs 76,600 and that of the car at around Rs 1.5 million and submitted the two items to the customs office. A customs official said the car, which is not in good condition, and the clothes were overvalued by the police.

The police, who overvalued the seized car and clothing and handed them over to customs, showed no interest in tracking down the smugglers and the owner of the vehicle. Siraha Police Superintendent Arjun Timalsina said there was no need to dig much as few items were recovered. DSP Subhash Budhathoki, who is also the police spokesman for Siraha, said he did not know where the seized Indian car came from. “We put the goods through customs,” he said.

On the afternoon of July 13, after seeing a police vehicle, the drivers of a motorbike loaded with bags full of alcohol and heading for Jayanagar in India left the motorbike near the Kamala bridge and drove off. fled. A team led by Jayanagar Sub-division Police Officer Biplav Kumar seized four motorbikes loaded with 12 bags of liquor bottles. Police investigation later revealed that the alcohol had reached Jayanagar from Nepal through the Dhanusha and Siraha border posts.

On July 26, various brands of alcohol stored for smuggling to India were seized in no man’s land near the Manarasiswa-5 township of Mahottari. The police valued the seized alcohol at more than 1.85 million rupees and handed it over to the Internal Revenue Office in Dhanusha. On the morning of July 12, a van (Ja 1 Cha 1268), which was traveling to India via the Janakpur-Tulsiyahi road located in the Nagarine-4 municipality of Dhanusha, was full of liquor cartons. When officers on patrol stopped the vehicle and checked it, 300 cartons of Dilwale brand alcohol were seized. But when police questioned 23-year-old driver Nure Alam Shesh from Mukhiyapatti Musaharnia Rural Municipality-3 of Dhanusha, a different vehicle number (Na 2 Cha 3319) was mentioned in the invoice issued in the name of Anushka Traders. Dhanusha Police said when police questioned the driver Alam, it was revealed that the alcohol loaded in the vehicle was to be transported to India. After that, the police seized the vehicle and the alcohol with Alam.

According to the Jayanagar police, many people and vehicles smuggling alcohol from Nepal to India are under control. Many are still in prison. But instead of stopping, the smuggling of alcohol from Nepal to India has increased. The Indian state of Bihar has banned alcohol. For this reason, alcohol is smuggled from Nepal to bordering Indian villages and towns. The network of people smuggling alcohol in India is spreading organically from various points of Mahottari, Dhanusha, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara, Parsa, Saptari and Siraha which are connected to the border with India.

There has been an increase in the smuggling of alcohol through dozens of secret routes in the border areas of Siraha, Saptari, Dhanusha and Mahottari. Smugglers were found carrying bottles and cartons of alcohol on their heads and crossing the border on foot or on motorbikes. Alcohol traffickers are more afraid of Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) and Indian police than of Nepali security personnel. Residents of the border area say liquor smugglers are colluding with the BSF in some border areas. Locals say children to young people from the border area carry alcohol across the border as porters.

The smuggling of alcohol across the porous border with India is on the rise. Those who open their mouths about smuggling run the risk of being killed. Those who do are first tempted to shut themselves up with money. If that doesn’t work, they are silenced by threats. Hanumannagar, Kankalini, Kunauli, Chhinnamasta Barsain checkpoints in Saptari became fertile for liquor smuggling. An organized network of smugglers operates to load bags of alcohol onto boats from Hunmannagar to India via the Koshi River. Police and armed police forces occasionally seize small amounts of contraband alcohol when they fail to reach a deal with the smugglers. However, they failed to dismantle the organized network of smugglers.

Border crossings in Madhesh province are also considered safe for smuggling goods including clothes from India. With the connivance of customs officers, the smugglers have also turned the Birgunj customs office into an entry point for trucks carrying contraband goods from India. On July 5, the police seized a cargo truck (Na 6 Kha 2344) from the Birgunj Metropolitan City-6 Loharpatti road section and found various types of clothing and retail goods without a bill of lading. The truck with the goods was valued at 6.83 million rupees and handed over to the Revenue Investigation Office, Pathlaiya, for necessary action.

Smuggling has been flourishing in Parsa lately. Smuggling is increasing through the Amarpatti and Bishwa crossing points in Parsa. On July 13, a clash between smugglers and BSF took place when the latter tried to block the flow of contraband goods through the village of Kukuhiya, on the Velahi border of the Indian town of Raxaul. BSF staff stopped the smugglers at the Nepal-India border as the smugglers loaded a van, five carts and four bicycles with clothes and brought the contraband through the Velahi border post. The smugglers attacked the BSF after the latter captured three smugglers, 28 bags of clothing, a cart and a van (Br 06 G 9719). The BSFs had to fire aerial fire to control the situation. Three BSF men were also injured in the clash.

This is proof that contraband goods such as clothing, auto parts, etc. enter Nepal in large numbers from India through the Velahi Pass of Raxaul and the Amarpatti and Bishwa Passes of Parsa. When the BSF tries to stop the contraband in coordination with the security guards around, the contraband goods are destroyed. Customs receipts from various border crossings and goods, including clothes, are stored in warehouses in Birgunj and businessmen deliver them to different cities of the country.

Extortion by undercover cops and informants

Police officers who have been charged for acting contrary to police conduct while working in districts of Madhesh province have been tasked with secretly collecting information on smuggling. The same people have worked for years as informants for the Siraha district police office. Locals complain that the main job of these police and informants is to make a “deal” with the smugglers and create an enabling environment for the transport of contraband goods to warehouses. There have been complaints that the heads of Madhesh Provincial Police Bureau, Janakpurdham, and District Police Bureaus have instructed police officers who have been punished for acting against police conduct to collect money with smugglers.

Assistant Deputy Inspector Shyam Shah Sonar, who was sent to Siraha for extorting money from smugglers while working as an undercover police officer in Parsa district, was again sent to Parsa. Although Sonar is officially stationed in Saptari, he was assigned to the Parsa district police office. Businessmen from Birgunj complain that he is involved in extorting money from smugglers and industrialists in the Birgunj area.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Tek Prasad Rai, who is also the Spokesperson of Nepal Police, says that those informers and plainclothes police who have faced actions in the past should not be mobilized as undercover cops in the same areas again. DIG Rai said the police prefecture will take action if police officers who have been punished in the past for deviating from police conduct and who have a poor image are deployed in civilian clothes along the borders.


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