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Border markets

Balurghat, Dec. 28: The Border Security Force has decided to set up markets at four places near the India-Bangladesh border to check cross-border smuggling.

Two markets would be opened first, one each in Malda and Raiganj sectors. Later , two more markets would be set up in these areas.

The decision became public after the inspector-general of BSF, Malda frontier range, Kuldip Sharma, visited the border areas of Hili yesterday.

“We are very concerned about stopping smuggling. We have thought of setting up open markets in some places to stop that. We are also searching for land for the markets. The whole function will be carried out in consultation with the civil administration,” he said. Mainly cattle, saris and fish would be traded.

“Cattle is the main item that is smuggled to Bangladesh. Handloom saris and fish are mostly brought to India,” said a source.