BGB seizes 4,250 kg
Benapole: A huge quantity of hilsa is being smuggled out to India from the country through different points of Benapole border every day for the high demand of the fish on the occasion of Durga Puja.
Large consignments of hilsa from Jessore district go to the neighboring country by trucks and human haulers through the bordering areas every day, evading notice of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
Recently, members of BGB in a drive seized 4,250 kilograms of hilsa from different parts of the district.
Kartik Chandra Das, general secretary of Petrapole C&F Agent Staff Welfare Association, said as there is a widespread demand for hilsa in West Bengal, a piece of the fish weighing one kg is selling there for 800 rupees ahead of Durga Puja while it is sold for Tk500 in Bangladesh.
Smuggling of a one kg hilsa costs Tk150.
Several hundred pieces of hilsa are being smuggled from Sadipur, Putkhali, Gatipara, Doulatpur and Boro Achra in Benapole every day.
Aminul Haque Anu, a trader, said they smuggled hilsa to India by waterway and highway as the Bangladesh government has imposed a ban on export of the fish.
Bangladeshi hilsa is being sold in large quantity at Barasat, Habra, Maslendapur, Shialdah, Haura and in other markets of Kolkata.
Profit of Tk250 per kg hilsa goes to the pockets of the smugglers.
Earlier, BGB seized 2,080 kg hilsa on Sadipur border on October 5.
BGB also seized 450 kg hilsa on Boro Achra frontier while 510 kg of the fish was seized by the force from Gatipara border in the month of September.
On October 6, BGB seized 1,250 kg hilsa from Sadipur border.
Major Raihan Hafiz, operation officer of BGB-26, said they have intensified vigilance to check hilsa smuggling through border.