Madhubani, Feb. 5: Two trucks loaded with pulses were seized and seven persons were arrested today at Tanuaahi, barely 500m from India-Nepal border, under Jainagar sub-division.
Receiving a tip-off yesterday on smuggling of essential commodities to Nepal through Jainagar, deputy inspector-general of Darbhanga range Sudhanshu Kumar constituted a team under Bahera police station (in Darbhanga) inspector Subodh Chaudhary to keep a tab on movement of vehicles near the border.
Sources said the cops chased the two trucks (BR06G 1953 and HR46B 4296) after spotting them speeding toward the border around 9.30am. They intercepted the vehicles at Tanuaahi under the jurisdiction of Ladania police station around 10am and seized 54 tonnes of pulses.
The drivers of the lorries — Madan Sah, a resident of Parori in Vaishali district, and Kishori Mahato, a resident of Harlakhi — were arrested with their helpers Promod Kumar Yadav and Rajiv Sah.
Besides, three middlemen were arrested. The trio have been identified as Madan Mishra, a resident of Ladania, and Sanjiv Yadav and Promod Kumar Gupta, both residents of Bela village in Jainagar.
The arrested persons were being quizzed at Ladania police station till late in the evening. Police sources said the seized pulse-laden trucks were allegedly going to Nepal from Muzaffarpur. Their drivers did not have valid documents to ferry the goods. “The arrest of the middlemen could give us some new leads on the smuggling of essential items to Nepal,” one of them said.
A source said: “Essential commodities are brought from Delhi to Muzaffarpur. They are smuggled to Nepal via Darbhanga, Madhubani and Jainagar.”