The Indian Customs Officials brought to light an international smuggling racket in which Crores of worth Indian garments being transported illegally through a sea route to Bangladesh.
According to the details available, the Customs officials intercepted a fishing trawler coming from Diamond Harbour in West Bengal on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday on the river ganges en route to Bangladesh. On the tip-off, the customs officials with the help of Coast Guard kept a vigil, found the fishing boat carrying Sarees and other Garments worth Rs 3.3 Crore concealed in 400 gunny bags and was to cross over to Bangladesh using an unauthorised riverine route and channel.
The fishing trawler was identified from a distance on the said route but the trawler changed the route and attempted to escape after noticing the official vessels. They were eventually intercepted near Geonkhali. 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.
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 said to be one of the biggest seizure in the recent past, involving the smuggling of export goods to Bangladesh. Further investigation is on.