Stories By 'BHUSHAN YADAV'
Makwanpur Police seized a Kathmandu-bound truck with registration number Na 7 Kha 9848 carrying a large quantity of smuggled textiles on December 24. The incidence brought to light textile smuggling by using trucks that normally carry cement in the Parsa-Bara Industrial Corridor.
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Smuggling cases of pepper, maize and garments at the border areas have been on the rise. According to a report provided by the District Police Office, Parsa, the office confiscated garments worth Rs7.9 million that passed through illegal channels from last mid-April.
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Theft cases in the warehouse at the Dry Port in Sirsiya, Brigunj, have reportedly been increasing. According to Himalayan Terminal, the company operating the Dry Port, 24 bottles of Black Label alcohol and a computer set have been stolen.
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The Department of Revenue Investigation on Wednesday arrested Sanjay Agrawal, proprietor of Global Leather Tanning Udhyog, on smuggling charges. He smuggled black pepper through Birgunj Customs. Agrawal was sent to jail after he failed to submit the bail amount worth Rs37.6 million.
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Four transport syndicates operating on Birgunj-Kathmandu route are collecting extra fees of up to Rs470 from each cargo truck operating on the sector, exerting upward pressure on prices of various goods bound for the capital.
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Locals of Alau and Sirsiya in Birgunj have launched a protest to exert pressure on the government to provide adequate compensation for the land that they relinquished for construction of the Integrated Check Point (ICP), a facility that is expected to facilitate Nepal-India trade and transit.
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