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Smuggling unabated at Chagolia

Dhubri, Jan. 23: The Chagolia interstate checkgate in Dhubri district is being used as one of the two vital routes to transport red sander to various states of the Northeast.

The other route is Srirampur interstate checkgate in Kokrajhar district.

This has come to light following seizure of 80 quintals of red sander, valued at Rs 1 crore in the market, by Agomoni police last night.

In the last six years as many as 10 trucks of red sander have been seized either by the forest department and police in Dhubri district, a police source said.

“The logs were concealed under bags. On the basis of specific information the police intercepted the truck on National Highway 31 at Agomoni. The logs were seized after a thorough search,” the source added.

Officer-in-charge of Agomoni police station, Chandra Kalita, said the consignment was heading for Dimapur in Nagaland and was loaded in Calcutta.

“Driver K. Dilli Babu and two other persons — Kishan Lal Singh and Raja Khan have been arrested by the police and produced before the Dhubri magistrate today. They have been remanded in judicial custody.”

A forest official said nine trucks of red sanders had been seized by various law-enforcing agencies since 2008 from different parts of the district.