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Tripura: BSF nabs 23 Bangladeshi smugglers, seize 125 bags of sugar

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Agartala, Feb 6: The Border Security Forces (BSF) apprehended 23 Bangladeshi smugglers and recovered 125 bags of sugar weighing 6,250 kgs from South Tripura district on Tuesday.

Acting on specific information regarding trans-border smuggling of sugar, BSF troops ambushed the area of Border Out Post in Samarganj, under South Tripura District and apprehended the individuals.

BSF sources reported that 25-30 other individuals from Bangladesh crossed the border in small groups to collect a sugar consignment from their Indian counterparts.

The authorities also seized 17 mobile phones from the arrested Bangladeshi smugglers.

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Out of the 23 smugglers, 22 are from the bordering area of Feni district in Bangladesh, and 1 of them is from Chattogram district.

The Border Guards Bangladesh, the counterpart Border Guarding Force, was contacted for a flag meeting, but it couldn’t be held until afternoon, according to a press statement from BSF.

Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged, and the apprehended Bangladeshi smugglers are being handed over to the Manu police station after a medical examination.

There has been an increase in trans-border sugar smuggling through the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura in recent years.

In 2023, a total of 5,49,950 kg of sugar, along with 16 smugglers and 27 vehicles, were seized by BSF troops deployed under BSF Tripura FTR.

In 2024, so far, a total of 2,11,124 kg of sugar, along with 34 smugglers and 14 vehicles, have been seized by the BSF troops.

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