(District-North 24 Parganas)
On 18/19 April, 2022, South Bengal Frontier apprehended two smugglers red handed with 306 Phensedyl bottles in separate incidents from the area of their responsibility, thwarting smuggling attempts. The value of the seized Phensedyl is Rs 57,049. Smugglers were trying to take them from India to Bangladesh.
In the first incident, on April 18, 2022, the troops of Border Out Post Gunarmath,158 Battalion laid a special Ambush in the forest area of Gunarmath village. A smuggler was taken into custody by the Ambush party at around 2345. After thorough search of the entire area, 03 plastic bags were recovered from inside which 206 bottles of Phensedyl were recovered. The apprehended smuggler has been identified as Tanmay Haldar, age 22, Village – Old Bangaon, Post Office – Old Bangaon, Thana – Bangaon, District – North 24 Parganas (West Bengal).
During interrogation, the apprehended smuggler revealed that he is pursuing his graduation and also works as an electrician but for the last few days he is working as a career. This morning he had taken all these Phensedyl bottles from Ramesh Ghosh. After crossing the BSF duty line, it was to be handed over to Bangladeshi smuggler Mizan (Daulatpur, BD). For this work he was to get Rs 2000/-.
In another incident, on 19 April, 2022, at around 0415 am, troops of Border Out Post Uttarpara of 107 battalion, acting on the basis of specific input, detained a person with 100 bottles of Phensedyl. The accused has been identified as Abhijit Biswas, age 27 years, S/o Anil Biswas, a resident of bordering village Uttarpara in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.
During interrogation, Abhijit Biswas revealed that he has been involved in smuggling for a long time and today he had taken these phensedyl bottles from Amit Pramanik of Uttarpara village and was about to give it to Suman of Masila village of Bangladesh. Further he revealed that Amit Pramanik has given him 6000/- for this work.
Both the apprehended persons were handed over to the concerned Customs Office/Police Station along with the seized Phensedyl bottles.
Statement issued by the South Bengal Frontier, the Border Security Force is taking strict steps to prevent smuggling along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Due to which people involved in smuggling are facing a lot of difficulties out of which some are being caught regularly.